Diabetes Globally

WDD Facebook tile Almost 600 million of us may be living with diabetes by 2035Diabetes is recognised as the world’s fastest growing chronic condition. The number of people with type 2 diabetes is growing in each country. In 2013, diabetes caused 5.1 million deaths globally.

World Diabetes Day is celebrated on November 14 each year. This day engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness activities in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses globally.

World Health Day on April 7 2016 will also be dedicated to raising awareness about diabetes.

Global statistics

In 2015, the International Diabetes Federation’s (IDF) Diabetes Atlas estimates that:
  • One in 11 adults has diabetes (415 million)
  • One in two (46.5%) adults with diabetes is undiagnosed
  • 12% of global health expenditure is spent on diabetes (USD673 billion)
  • One in seven births is affected by gestational diabetes
  • Three-quarters (75%) of people with diabetes live in low- and middle-income countries
  • 542,000 children have type 1 diabetes
  • Every six seconds a person dies from diabetes (5.0 million deaths)

By 2040, IDF estimates that:

  • One adult in ten will have diabetes (642 million)
  • Diabetes-related health expenditure will exceed USD 802 billion

37% of all adults with diabetes live in the Western Pacific region (which includes Australia);

  • China with over 100 million people with diabetes (ranked highest number of people with diabetes),
  • Indonesia with 10 million people with diabetes (7th highest),
  • Japan with 7.2 million people with diabetes (9th highest).

The Western Pacific also has the country with the world’s highest prevalence of diabetes - in the Pacific Island nation of Tokelau where 30% of adult population has diabetes. Cambodia has the lowest at 3%.

*Sourced by the International Diabetes Federation Diabetes Atlas Key Findings 2015

Diabetes in the Regions

  • More than two thirds of people with diabetes in Africa are undiagnosed
  • One adult in eight in the North America and Caribbean Region has diabetes
  • Europe has the highest prevalence of children living with type 1 diabetes
  • In South East Asia, one quarter of all births are affected by high blood glucose in pregnancy
  • 37% of all adults with diabetes live in the Western Pacific
  • In the Middle East and North Africa, four out of ten adults with diabetes are undiagnosed
  • By 2014, the number of people with diabetes will increase by 65% in South and Central America

*Sourced from the International Diabetes Federation Diabetes Atlas Key Findings 2015

History of World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225.

WDD is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight.

International Diabetes Foundation - Diabetes Voice Quarterly Magazine

Diabetes Voice is the quarterly magazine of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). It covers the latest developments in diabetes care, education, prevention, research, health policy and economics, as well as themes related to living with diabetes. Diabetes Voice goes to the heart of issues that are crucial to all those who can further the promotion of diabetes care, prevention, and a cure worldwide.

Read and/or download current and past issues on the IDF website.