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BRIEF COMMUNICATION
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 14-15

Type 1 diabetes mellitus in Bhutan


Department of Medicine, National Referral Hospital, Thimphu, Bhutan

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Tashi Wangdi
Department of Medicine, National Referral Hospital, Thimphu
Bhutan
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DOI: 10.4103/2230-8210.155349

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Bhutan is a South Asian country with a total population of 733,643. Bhutan has a very low burden of type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM), while that of type 2 diabetes mellitus is very high and increasing at alarming rates. Bhutan has a notably high proportion of over-weight and obese population. First case of T1DM was detected in 2006 and all the detected patients are in the age range of 14-15 years. The challenges in T1DM management include lack of knowledge among health care workers and patients, and limited access to health care services because of the difficult terrain.


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