Romania

Study populations 

Romania, in 2016, had an estimated population of 19.6m with 15% under the age of 15 years and 18% over the age of 65 years. By 2050, Romania will have aged considerably with older people representing some 29% of the total population, or 4.5m. Of note is that 9% of the population, or every 10th person, will be aged 80 years and over.

Alongside the ageing population, diabetes prevalence is increasing – with the most recent statistics reporting 1.5m people living with the condition and an estimated 670,000 undiagnosed cases.

Report & Infographic 

Cover page for Study Report. For accessible PDF version of full report click the image
Info-graphic containing overview of findings. For an accessible PDF please click the image.

Time of presentation for screening with an opthamologist

22.8% In time for screening, 70.2% When visual problems have already occurred, 7% Too late for effective treatment
(Opthamologists n=57)
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

30.6% Sufficient information available, 22.4% Information not sufficient, 42.9% No written information available, 4.1% Don’t know
(All providers n=98)
Sufficient information available Information not sufficient No written information available Don’t know

Complications adults with diabetes were most concerned about

36.6% Vision loss, 24.1% Amputation, 21.4% Cardiovascular disease/stroke, 8% Kidney disease
(Adults with diabetes n=112)
Vision loss Amputation Cardiovascular disease/stroke Kidney disease

Frequency of discussions about eye complications with health care providers

34.8% Every visit, 19.6% Multiple times per year, 17% Once a year, 18.8% When symptoms arise, 7.1% Never
(Adults with diabetes n=112)
Every visit Multiple times per year Once a year When symptoms arise Never
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