According to Distiller et al, who focusses on the SA cohort that forms part of the International Diabetes Management Practice Study (IDMPS) that aims to describe the characteristics of management and achievement of therapeutic targets in patients with diabetes mellitis (DM), “The incidence of diabetes mellitus, particularly type 2 diabetes is increasing dramatically across the world because of increasing obesity, sedentary lifestyle and population aging, and is the cause of substantial morbidity and mortality.

The major goal of treatment of diabetic patients is to achieve good (near normal) metabolic control, thus preventing long term complications

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