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Background
Diabetes has been reported to be on the rise in many parts of the world. In 2015, the Asia Pacific region alone accounted for 36.9% of the total number of diabetics in the world. This global rise in the prevalence of diabetes will have a significant impact on health care systems, and increase the economic burden of health care in many countries. Prevention and early detection of diabetes are crucial to delay the disease’s progression and its detrimental health effects. For individuals, diabetes prevention includes having a healthy diet, regular physical activity and avoidance of excessive weight gain. National and community programs with multistakeholders collaboration will be crucial in raising awareness, enhance prevention.

Objectives
In this context, ILSI SEA Region is organizing a symposium with the following objectives:

1. Review the status and prevalence of type 2 diabetes and the science behind.
2. Explore prevention and management of type 2 diabetes through various strategies on both individual level and community level.
3. Discuss innovation, emerging science, and a multi-stakeholder approach in the prevention of management of the type 2 diabetes phenomenon

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