In 2021, there were 393 million diabetic patients in the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and African regions projected to rise to 603 million by 2045.
1 in 2 patients with diabetes and suffer from Peripheral Neuropathy during their lifetime. With the increasing prevalence of diabetes there will be an exponential growth in the number of patients in these regions with PN.
There are also at least as many people with pre-diabetes as there are with diabetes and at least 10% suffer from PN.
A study from the Philippines in 2000 from the Diabcare-Asia project, which assessed 2,708 patients in diabetes centres, reported a prevalence of 42% for diabetic neuropathy, based on medical records.
< 1/3rd of physicians recognize signs of DPN. Undiagnosed cases contributing greatly to the high rates of morbidity and mortality of diabetes. Up to 50 % of patients are asymptomatic and therefore often remain undiagnosed and are at risk of insensate injury.
If not diagnosed and treated early, DPN can manifest with neuropathic pain with a tremendous impact on the quality of life.
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