Diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 study

Maziar Moradi-Lakeh, Charbel El Bcheraoui, Ibrahim Khalil, Raghid Charara, Ashkan Afshin, Haidong Wang, Michael Collison, Kristopher J. Krohn, Adrienne Chew, Farah Daoud, Christopher D. Blosser, Leslie Cornaby, Kyle J. Foreman, Nicholas J. Kassebaum, Laura Kemmer, Michael Kutz, Patrick Liu, Ben Zipkin, Johan Ärnlöv, Kalkidan Hassen AbateAlireza Ahmadi, Hamid Ahmadieh, Muktar Beshir Ahmed, Ziyad Al-Aly, Khurshid Alam, Deena Alasfoor, Raghib Ali, Reza Alizadeh-Navaei, Juma M. Alkaabi, Alaa Alkerwi, Rajaa Al-Raddadi, Khalid A. Altirkawi, Nelson Alvis-Guzman, Erfan Amini, Nahla Anber, Palwasha Anwari, Solomon Weldegebreal Asgedom, Tesfay Mehari Atey, Leticia Avila-Burgos, Ashish Awasthi, Peter Azzopardi, Till Bärnighausen, Umar Bacha, Aleksandra Barac, Shahrzad Bazargan-Hejazi, Neeraj Bedi, Derbew Fikadu Berhe, Addisu Shunu Beyene, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Boris Bikbov, GBD 2015 Eastern Mediterranean Region Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease Collaborators

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Objectives: We used findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 study to update our previous publication on the burden of diabetes and chronic kidney disease due to diabetes (CKD-DM) during 1990–2015. Methods: We extracted GBD 2015 estimates for prevalence, mortality, and disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) of diabetes (including burden of low vision due to diabetes, neuropathy, and amputations and CKD-DM for 22 countries of the EMR from the GBD visualization tools. Results: In 2015, 135,230 (95% UI 123,034–148,184) individuals died from diabetes and 16,470 (95% UI 13,977–18,961) from CKD-DM, 216 and 179% increases, respectively, compared to 1990. The total number of people with diabetes was 42.3 million (95% UI 38.6–46.4 million) in 2015. DALY rates of diabetes in 2015 were significantly higher than the expected rates based on Socio-demographic Index (SDI). Conclusions: Our study showed a large and increasing burden of diabetes in the region. There is an urgency in dealing with diabetes and its consequences, and these efforts should be at the forefront of health prevention and promotion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-186
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Public Health
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 1 May 2018


  • Burden of disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Eastern Mediterranean Region

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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