Report says Pacific diabetes data inflated

The scourge of NCDs, non-communicable diseases, across the Pacific has been well documented, with all the island countries struggling to drive down high rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. But in the case of diabetes, the picture may not be as bleak as the statistics would suggest. A team of researchers from the University of New South Wales and the Baker Institute have identified deficiencies in the methods used to test for type 2 diabetes in three Pacific countries, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.

fiji-diaProfessor Richard Taylor, from the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW said as a result the diabetes rates reported by the World Health Organisation have been substantially inflated.