Diabetes in Antigua Fact File
At 13%, the island nation Antigua and Barbuda has a very high prevalence or number of people living with diabetes. The prevalence of diabetes is expected to increase due to an aging population and the presence of risk factors such as obesity, family history, and hypertension.
Prevalence of Diabetes and weight-risk factors In Antigua
How does Antigua’s diabetes prevalence compare with similar countries?
Results of the Quality of Diabetes Care Improvement Pilot. Data extracted from the Chronic Care Passport. Antigua, 2012.
|Patient Characteristics||Total (n)||111|
|Fasting Blood Glucose||Measured (%)||27.0||61.0|
|<130 mg dl (%)||43.3||52.0|
|Glucose Control||A1c<7/Fbg<130 (%)||50.0||53.8|
|Blood Pressure (BP)||Measured (%)||100.0||93.9|
|BP Control||<140/90 mm hg (%)||29.1||54.5|
|Body Mass Index (BMI)||Measured (%)||41.8||42.7|
|BMI Classification||<25 KG M2 (%)||26.1||20.0|
|25-29 KG M2 (%)||26.1||25.7|
|>29 KG M2 (%)||47.8||54.3|
In Antigua and Barbuda, the Medical Benefit Scheme (MBS) covers most of the costs of doctors visits related to diabetes and diabetic medications. The most commonly prescribed medications are: insulin, metformin, and a drug class known of sulfonylureas. MBS also covers glaucoma and hypertension.
Antigua Medical Benefits Scheme - http://www.mbs.gov.ag/
International Diabetes Federation - https://www.idf.org/
WHO- Diabetes Country Profiles, 2016: