|Subject : DIABETES FACT SHEET IN KOREA 2016|
• About 4.8 million Koreans (13.7%), aged 30 years or older, had diabetes in 2014. In addition, nearly a quarter of Korean adults had prediabetes (impaired fasting glucose).
• However, three out of 10 persons with diabetes were not aware of their condition. Nearly half persons with diabetes were obese or hypertensive, and one third had hypercholesterolemia. Nearly one-third of persons with diabetes had albuminuria or decreased renal function.
• Although most persons with diabetes (89.1%) were under medical treatment-mostly being treated with oral hypoglycemic agents (80.2%), but 10.8% of those had remained untreated.
• With respect to the overall glycemic control, 43.5% reached the target of HbA1c < 7.0%, whereas 23.3% reached the target when the standard was set to HbA1c < 6.5%, according to the Korean Diabetes Association (KDA) guideline.
The estimated percentages and the total number of persons over the age of 30 with diabetes and prediabetes were determined from data from the 2013-2014 Korea National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (KNHANES) conducted by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) and the Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare, applied to National Population Census in 2014 (34.1 million Koreans were ages 30 years or older; 16.7 million men and 17.4 million women).
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