for non-communicable diseases such as Type 2 diabetes go to the very core of
the social, cultural, economic and behavioural factors in a society. There
is an urgent need to address the socio-economic, behavioural, nutritional
and public health issues that have led to the Type 2 diabetes, obesity and
CVD epidemic (13). This is yet another example where epidemiological studies
of diabetes and its public health significance have triggered, and will
continue to stimulate, research into how to prevent diabetes and reduce the
burden of its devastating complications.