||It is certainly
very appropriate that the International Diabetes Epidemiology Group has seen
fit to honour Peter Bennett’s contribution to diabetes epidemiology with the
key lecture at its tri-annual conference being in his name. Similarly, the
ADA, starting in 1984, instigated the Kelly West Award for epidemiology.
Our early studies in Nauru and other Pacific countries enabled us to
confidentially predict the diabetes epidemic that has now evolved (13). Not
a key diabetes journal issue goes by without a prevalence report of diabetes
and abnormal glucose tolerance from some population in the world. Most
studies now do follow a standardised protocol (14) making them much more
comparable with data from other countries and regions.