France, in 2016, had an estimated population of 67m. Low fertility rates will continue to be a feature in the next two decades leading to population decline, and further ageing population. In 2050, it is projected that 32% of the population will be at least 60 years old while only 22% of the population will be under the age of 20 years. Furthermore, 16% of the population will be 75 years of age or over, constituting more than 10m.
Alongside the ageing population, diabetes prevalence is increasing – with the most recent statistics reporting 3.3m people living with the condition and an estimated 1.2m undiagnosed cases. France is the ranked 6th highest in the world for diabetes–related health expenditure at $19bn USD.
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