The global diabetes epidemic in charts

November 15, 2013

Nearly one in ten people globally will have some form of diabetes by 2035, the International Diabetes Federation predicts in a new report. There are some 382 million people living with the disease, but that could jump 55% by 2035, the IDF says. Here’s the full report (PDF) and Reuters’ report on same.


“The highest prevalence rates are to be found in the Western Pacific, where more than a third of adults in Tokelau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands are already living with the disease,” Reuters adds.

Below, check out the IDF’s chart on the current number of diabetes sufferers by region, and where the rates are projected to increase. The number of Africans with diabetes is expected to double by 2035, the IDF says. The number of Chinese with the disease is skyrocketing as well, up to 114 million in 2010 from just 22 million in 2007. Nearly one out of every three people with diabetes globally is Chinese.

The US currently spends 1 in 5 healthcare dollars on diabetes — or 36% of the world total of diabetes spending on adults, the IDF says. Diabetes causes 5.1 million deaths globally in 2013; that’s a rate of one death every six seconds.

For more charts and interactive tables, check out the CDC’s website.



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That is an excellent document with some scary trends. Thank you so much for bring this to light in a large public forum.

Wonder if our sedentary life style, especially developing in youths, will increase the number of diabetics. Wouldn’t it be great if kids shunned sugar pops as much as they do cigarettes nowadays. All it took was massive marketing campaign on the ugliness of cigarettes to your body and how totally un cool it was.

Posted by Butch_from_PA | Report as abusive

Diabetes is increasing because sugar sells. It’s no coincidence diabetes has dramatically increased as our food supply has been industrialized. Educate yourself about the Glycemic Index and count carbs not calories and don’t fall for the low-fat scam. Read the books written by Dr. Rob Thompson and Dana Carpender and the solution becomes clear.

Posted by T2_matt | Report as abusive

Type I diabetes is an autoimmune disease of the pancreas that afflicts about 1 person in 700. Type I diabetics’ immune systems usually go on to destroy other organs, typically the arteries and kidneys, which is why 65% of Type I diabetics die from heart attacks and strokes. It’s why many Type I diabetics come down with lupus, and vice versa.

Type II diabetes is a disease created by a definition based on the number of standard deviations a person’s fasting blood sugar is above the mean. The single biggest cause of Type II diabetes is the lack of Type I diabetics sufficient to make money for Big Pharma.

I’ve had “Type II” diabetes for about *40* years. I’ve taken nothing for it, and the only thing my doctors can say about me is that my fasting blood sugar levels show that I’m “diabetic.”

I still have all my toes. My BP, cholesterol, and blood panels are just fine. I have no “diabetic fill-in-the-blank-opathies,” and after ravaging my body for 40 years, the disease has absolutely nothing to show for itself.

If it were a real disease, it would have done something demonstrably destructive to me by now, but it hasn’t.

It’s a marketing scam! That’s why 10% of the world’s population is going to be scooped up in the next revision of the definition.

Posted by UrDrighten | Report as abusive

stop eating & drinking fat sugary elements, then you won’t care about that disease.

Posted by wadihdefayad | Report as abusive

I would like to see more studies about the Women’s Health Initiative effect on the decline of HRT. Diabetes is an age-related disease and since HRT treatment has declined since the 70s, a gender study may be useful. Menopausal women become susceptible to all the causes leading to diabetes and this may be significant to the current “diabetes epidemic”.

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