One adult in ten will have diabetes by 2030

World Diabetes Day 2011 marks the release of the International Diabetes Federation´s 5th edition of the Diabetes Atlas. New figures indicate that the number of people living with diabetes is expected to rise from 366 million in 2011 to 552 million by 2030, if no urgent action is taken. This equates to approximately three new cases every ten seconds or almost ten million per year. IDF also estimates that as many as 183 million people are unaware that they have diabetes.

In some of the poorest regions in the world such as Africa, where infectious diseases have traditionally been the focus of health care systems, diabetes cases are expected to increase by 90% by 2030. At least 78% of people in Africa are undiagnosed and do not know they are living with diabetes. 

Other figures to be released today also show:

  • 80% of people with diabetes live in low and middle income countries.
  • 78,000 children develop type 1 diabetes every year
  • The greatest number of people with diabetes are between 40-59 years of age

“In every country and in every community worldwide, we are losing the battle against this cruel and deadly disease” said Jean Claude Mbanya, President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) “We want World Diabetes Day 2011 to bring these alarming diabetes facts into the global spotlight. We demand that public and world leaders act on diabetes now”.

The release of these figures follow the September meeting of 193 Heads of State and government at the UN High Level Meeting in New York to agree on a Political Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) including diabetes. This marks a major milestone for diabetes and other NCDs. However in some areas stronger commitments are needed.

“World leaders have recognised the magnitude and impact of these diseases and the urgent need for action. In some key areas we wanted stronger commitments and targets but the Declaration will accelerate international progress on diabetes and NCDs, saving millions of people from preventable death and disability” said Ann Keeling, CEO, International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Chair of the NCD Alliance.

IDF is committed to translating UN Commitments into action by fostering a new level of partnership involving public, private and people.

It is hoped that campaigns such as today’s World Diabetes Day will continue to raise the voice of people with diabetes and move from advocacy to action on a global scale.



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