South Korea, in 2016, had an estimated population of 50.8m with 13.8% under the age of 15 and 13.6% over the age of 65. By 2050, South Korea will have aged considerably with older people representing some 35% of the total population, or 17.6m. Of note, only 11% of the population will be under the age of 15 years, consistent with low fertility rates.
Alongside the ageing population, diabetes prevalence is increasing – with the most recent statistics reporting 817,900 people living and an estimated 514,200 undiagnosed cases.
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