Diabetes - a chronic disease
Diabetes is a common, life-long disorder that currently has no cure.1 Diabetes is a group of diseases characterised by abnormally high levels of blood glucose due to defects in insulin production, resistance to insulin, or both.
Diabetes prevalence is increasing in every country in the world, and the toll is climbing in terms of human lives as well as the costs to society. In 2012, 371 million people, or approximately 8.3% of the world’s adult population, are estimated to be living with diabetes.
Diabetes healthcare expenditure2
In 2012, globally 471 billion USD were spent on healthcare for diabetes.
4.8 million people died due to diabetes in 2012 and half of all people who die of diabetes are under the age of 60.
Worldwide, only half of all people with diabetes are diagnosed,1 so a significant number already have serious medical complications associated with hyperglycaemia by the time they see a doctor.
Visit www.idf.org to learn more about diabetes or see the country data section on this site to see prevalence and other data for your country.
Top 10 diabetes prevalence countries2
People with diabetes (20 to 79 years of age)
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- An estimated 371 million people, corresponding to 8.3% of the world's adult population, had diabetes in 2012. The number is expected to grow to 552 million by 20301
- The number of people with diabetes is increasing in every country1
- Half of people with diabetes do not know they have it1
- Diabetes is one of the major causes of premature illness and death worldwide2
- 471 billion USD were spent due to diabetes in 2012