Study Site
: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Institution(s):Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Sandra Fuchs

Brazil at a Glance

Brazil_-_Location_Map_(2013)_-_BRA_-_UNOCHA.svgArea: 8,514,877 sq km
Population: 202,656,788 (July 2014 est.)
Median age: total: 30.7 years
Urban population: 87% of total population
Life expectancy: male- 69.7 yr ; female- 77 yr
Diabetes prevalence: 11.6 million cases, 8.7% (national prevalence)
Per Capita GDP: $12,100
Language(s): Portuguese (official and most widely spoken language). Less common languages include Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, English, and a large number of minor Amerindian languages.

Diet: Brazilian cuisine varies greatly by region. Staple foods include rice and bread and root vegetables like casava and yams.


The World Factbook, 2013-2014. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013.

IDF Diabetes Atlas, 6th Edition. Brussels, Belgium: International Diabetes Federation, 2014.