According to the International Diabetes Federation, current diabetes data and future projections look grim. The umbrella organization, which comprises more than 200 national diabetes associations in more than 160 countries, estimates that the number of people living with the disease worldwide will reach 592 million by 2035—or 1 in 10 of the world’s population. The IDF states that there are currently 382 million diabetics worldwide. This information was published in the sixth edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas.
The IDF says the hardest-hit areas include some Pacific Island nations, as well as sub-Saharan Africa, where the diabetes population is projected to double by 2035. Here are some other findings from the report:
- 548 billion dollars were spent on diabetes in 2013.
- North America spends the most healthcare dollars on diabetes.
- In Southeast Asia, almost half of all people with diabetes are undiagnosed.
- The Western Pacific region—which includes Australia, China and Japan—has the largest number of people with diabetes in the world.
- In Africa, three-quarters of diabetes deaths are in people under 60 years old.
- In the Middle East and North Africa, 1 in every 10 people has diabetes.
- In South and Central America, there will be a 60% increase in the number of people with diabetes within a generation.
Note: The report does not distinguish between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
To learn more about the book or the IDF, visit www.idf.org/diabetesatlas.