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The diabesity health economic crisis—the size of the crisis in a European island state following a cross-sectional study

Overview of attention for article published in Archives of Public Health, December 2016
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Title
The diabesity health economic crisis—the size of the crisis in a European island state following a cross-sectional study
Published in
Archives of Public Health, December 2016
DOI 10.1186/s13690-016-0164-6
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Sarah Cuschieri, Josanne Vassallo, Neville Calleja, Nikolai Pace, Janice Abela, Bader A. Ali, Fatemah Abdullah, Elizier Zahra, Julian Mamo

Abstract

Diabetes type 2 and obesity are well-established global epidemics and contributors to clinical, social and economic health burdens. The prevalence rates of these diseases are still on the rise among countries resulting in a corresponding public health burden. The Mediterranean island of Malta, known for it's high diabetes and obesity rates, provides a good fundamental basis to portray the economical health burden of these diseases. A recent randomised stratified representative cross-sectional survey conducted in Malta tackling diabetes, obesity and other determinants, was used to work out the population prevalence of these diseases. The cost burden of diabetes and obesity, based on published data, was incorporated to the established population prevalence rates, in order to estimate the Maltese economical burden. Projections to the year 2050 by a bottom-up prevalence based design were performed. One eight of the Maltese adults (25 to 64 years) suffered from diabetes out of which approximately 10,000 adults were unaware of the disease. Alarmingly, more than a third of the Maltese population suffer from obesity. The approximate health care costs (direct and indirect) for the diabetic adult population was of €29,159,217 (€21,994,676 - €38,919,121) annually, amounting to 3.64% (2.75-4.875%) of the total health expenditure in Malta. The obesity cost burden was of €23,732,781 (€21,514,972-€26,049,204) annually contributing for 2.97% (2.69-3.26%) of the total health expenditure. The projected prevalence and costs for 2050 exhibited an estimated cost burden increase of €33,751,487 (€25,458,606-€45,048,473) for the diabetes mellitus population and €46,532,294 (€42,183,889-€51,074,049) for the obese population. These projected cost burdens are expected to increase exponentially the total health care expenditure in Malta by 2050. Having an understanding of the prevalence and the economic cost burden of diabetes and obesity within a country, along with projections of the expected burden will enable policy and public health officials to clearly visualize this growing problem. It also helps in establishing effective preventive strategies and screening programs targeting these epidemics.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Spain 1 2%
Canada 1 2%
Unknown 59 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 10 16%
Student > Master 8 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 10%
Researcher 6 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 10%
Other 8 13%
Unknown 17 28%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 26 43%
Nursing and Health Professions 6 10%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 5 8%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 2 3%
Immunology and Microbiology 1 2%
Other 3 5%
Unknown 18 30%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 13. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 30 November 2019.
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#1,439,905
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Outputs from Archives of Public Health
#53
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Outputs of similar age from Archives of Public Health
#4
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