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 - Changing Diabetes® Barometer

Diabetes prevalence2

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 expenditure - Changing Diabetes® Barometer

Diabetes healthcare expenditure2

In 2012, globally 471 billion USD were spent on healthcare for diabetes.

Diabetes mortality in 2012 - Changing Diabetes® Barometer

Diabetes mortality2

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.

Diabetes Diagnosis rates - Changing Diabetes® Barometer

Diagnosis rates2

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

Diabetes facts - Top 10 diabetes prevalence countries - Changing Diabetes® Barometer

People with diabetes (20 to 79 years of age)

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Diabetes facts2

  • 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
  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National diabetes fact sheet, 2011. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011.
  2. International Diabetes Federation. The IDF Diabetes Atlas. 5th Edition, 2012 Update. Brussels: International Diabetes Federation; 2012