Of 56.4 million global deaths, 39.5 million, or 70%, were due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and over three quarters of NCD deaths (30.7 million) occurred in low and middle-income economies in 2015. The cumulative economic loss is estimated to surpass US$ 7 trillion over the period 2011-2025. Among NCDs, Diabetes has been reported to be on the rise in many parts of the world in 2015, and the Asia Pacific region alone accounted for 36.9% of the total number of diabetics in the world.
The prevention and early detection of diabetes are crucial to delay the disease’s progression and its adverse health effects. For individuals, diabetes prevention includes having a healthy diet, regular physical activity and avoidance of excessive weight gain. Whole economies’ and community programs will be crucial in raising awareness and enhancing prevention. Chinese Taipei proposes a project to provide APEC economies with a platform to share experience on diabetes prevention and control policy and discuss the strategies and actions on how to utilize Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to upgrade diabetes managements and diabetes-related risk factors prevention and control.