Health workers from throughout the Pacific are to begin a training workshop in Fiji today on the growing problem of diabetes.
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community says rates are increasing, and more people are being diagnosed at a younger age.
A spokesperson, Jimaima Schultz, says the cost of caring for those with diabetes is a financial burden on already limited national health-care budgets.
Ms Schultz says this comes on top of personal disabilities, such as loss of limbs, deteriorating eyesight and kidney failure.
Over the next three days the SPC's workshop aims to give assistance to national diabetes educators and community health workers on ways to teach the prevention and care of diabetes.
The training has received funding from Western Pacific Declaration on Diabetes.