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Parliamentary questions
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9 April 2015
Question for written answer E-005615-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Miriam Dalli (S&D)

 Subject:  Diabetes in Europe
 Answer in writing 

Europe may soon run the risk of losing its battle against diabetes, which is the fourth most common cause of death in the region.

56 million Europeans have diabetes and by 2035 this number is expected to grow to nearly 70 million, i.e. more than one in ten adults will be affected. This estimated increase underlines policy shortcomings in combating the disease.

The prevalence of diabetes is increasing among all ages in Europe, mostly as a result of increases in obesity, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity. Though diabetes treatment and prevention have improved in recent years, the Member States are lagging behind as regards implementation and monitoring of policies.

Compounded by Europe’s ageing population, diabetes may lead to spiralling healthcare costs and place a severe strain on national health systems.

1. Does the Commission intend to start monitoring and measuring the impacts of its prevention policies and assessing their cost-effectiveness as regards diabetes in all Member States?

2. How will it address the main risk factors of diabetes, including obesity and lack of physical activity?

3. What long-term preventive measures will the Commission take to combat diabetes throughout Europe?

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