Diabetes in Barbados

According to the International Diabetes Federation, 2014:
  • There were 30,500 cases of diabetes in Barbados
  • Prevalence of diabetes in adults from age 20-79: 14.8%

The figure describes which age groups in the population have the highest proportions of diabetes. The dotted line is the distribution of diabetes prevalence by age for the world; the black line is the distribution for the region; and the country distribution is plotted in the red line. Many middle- and low-income countries have more people under the age of 60 with diabetes compared to the world average. Meanwhile, for high-income countries, a growing population over the age of 60 makes up the largest proportion of diabetes prevalence.

According to "The Barbados Health of the Nation Survey" commissioned by the Minisitry of Health of Barbados collected data from 2011 to 2013, and was published in 2015:
  • Overall almost 1 in 5 adults (18.7%) has diabetes
  • Around 1 in 5 adults with diabetes is undetected
  • Above the age of 65 years, almost 1 in 2 (46%) has diabetes
Suboptimal control in those with diagnosed diabetes:
  • 43% have an HbA1c >8%, 18% have an HbA1c >10%
  • 40% have a BP >140/90
  • 58% have a total to HDL cholesterol >5