Russia, in 2016, had an estimated population of 144m with 17% under the age of 15 years and 14% over the age of 65. As with most countries in Europe which are ageing by 2050, one in five (21%) Russians will be over the age of 65 years, which represents some 26m people.
Alongside the ageing population, diabetes prevalence is increasing – with the most recent statistics reporting 12.1m people living with the condition. Russia is ranked 8th highest in the world for diabetes–related health expenditure at $14bn USD.
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