The incidence of diabetes is continually increasing and it is fast becoming a worldwide epidemic. To combat it, research is vital and at present the Andalusian health service is carrying out 43 different research projects.
There are also 87 clinical studies, of which 63 are tests, 20 are observation studies and four involve the development of health products. In the past five years, health service researchers have published more than 280 scientific articles in magazines indexed in the Journal Citation Reports relating to diabetes.
Thanks to the focus on diabetes in Andalucía, the mortality rate for this illness has progressively dropped and is now below the national level.
There have also been fewer hospital admissions for diabetes and its associated complications, say experts.