Focus on migrants with type 2 diabetes mellitus in European Countries

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The prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus, one of the major causes of morbility and mortality in Europe, is increasing in all European countries. Diabetes is not distributed equally among all population groups, as higher incidence, appearance of complications, and different mortality rates have been observed among migrants and the native population. These differences may be due to genetic profiles, lifestyle, and utilization of the health care system in different ways. Taking into account that the quantity of migrants is nowadays increasing, mainly in the southern part of Europe, the knowledge of diabetes in migrants through a better collection of data is necessary, considering that few limited epidemiological studies have evaluated the importance of this problem in EU countries. A special effort in developing a comprehensive management for native and immigrant populations in order to prevent and cure diabetes should be mandatory. This activity could be helpful to limit the incidence of future diabetes complications and to avoid the consequent burden of the health care system along with a control on its costs. It is clear that diabetes complication prevention is essential for long-term sustainability of the health care system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-326
Number of pages8
JournalInternal and Emergency Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2016


  • Chronic disease
  • Health care disparities
  • Health management
  • Life style
  • Migrants
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine


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