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Health at a Glance 2017

OECD Indicators

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This new edition of Health at a Glance presents the most recent comparable data on the health status of populations and health system performance in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for partner countries (Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, Russian Federation and South Africa). The data presented in this publication come from official national statistics, unless otherwise stated.

This edition contains a range of new indicators, particularly on risk factors for health. It also places greater emphasis on time trend analysis. Alongside indicator-by-indicator analysis, this edition offers snapshots and dashboard indicators that summarise the comparative performance of countries, and a special chapter on the main factors driving life expectancy gains.

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Diabetes care

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the body’s ability to regulate excessive glucose levels in the blood is diminished. It is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, blindness, kidney failure and lower limb amputation. Globally it is estimated that over 400 million adults had diabetes in 2015 and by 2040 it is projected this will grow to over 640 million adults. Diabetes caused 5 million deaths in 2015 (IDF, 2015).

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