Physician Maria Mota, president of the Romanian Diabetes, Nutrition, and Metabolic Disease Society, pointed out yesterday in Sibiu that over 1.7 million Romanians have been diagnosed with diabetes and an additional three million persons suffer from prediabetes, which means the disease is likely to manifest itself within the following ten years unless preventative measures are taken. The area most severely affected by this phenomenon is southern Romania. The study shows the spread of diabetes mellitus across Romania – in other words, the number of cases per hundred inhabitants – is 11.6 percent, exceeded Europe-wide only by Turkey ranked at 14.85 percent. The study was conducted in eight historic regions of Romania. 13.39 percent, the highest spread of diabetes mellitus, was recorded in the southern region, including the counties of Arges, Dambovita, Prahova, Teleorman, Giurgiu, Calarasi, and Ialomita.