Study populations

Italy has the most rapidly ageing population and the lowest birth rate in Europe. Currently 14% of its population is under the age of 15 and 35% are 60 years or older, a trend which is projected to continue. By 2050, 56% of the population (19.9m) will be at least 60 years old and only 13% under the age of 15.

Alongside the ageing population, diabetes prevalence is increasing – with the most recent statistics reporting 3.5m people living with the condition and an estimated 1.3m undiagnosed cases. Italy is ranked 10th highest in the world for diabetes–related health expenditure at $12bn USD.

Report & Infographic

Time of presentation for screening with an ophthamologist

(Ophthamologists n=19)

  • In time for screening
  • When visual problems have already occurred
  • Too late for effective treatment

Availability of DR patient education materials in health care providers’ offices

(All providers n=28)

  • Sufficient information available
  • Information not sufficient
  • No written information available
  • Don’t know

Complications adults with diabetes were most concerned about

(Adults with diabetes n=69)

  • Vision loss
  • Kidney disease
  • Cardiovascular disease/stroke
  • Amputation

Frequency of discussions about eye complications with health care providers

(Adults with diabetes n=70)

  • Every visit
  • Multiple times per year
  • Once a year
  • When symptoms arise
  • Never
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