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Report: 10 Percent of Global Population to Have Diabetes by 2035

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Report: 10 Percent of Global Population to Have Diabetes by 2035

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One in 10 people will have diabetes worldwide by 2035, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) reported in the sixth edition of its Diabetes Atlas. The organization estimated that by the end of 2013, 382 million adults between 20 and 79 years old will have the disease—a number that will increase to 592 million in the next 22 years.

The report stated that one person dies from diabetes every six seconds. Yet 175 million cases are currently undiagnosed, which means “a vast amount of people with diabetes are progressing towards complications unawares.”

The IDF found that the condition is not “a disease of the wealthy,” but rather “a staggering 80% of people with diabetes live in low- and middle-income countries, and the socially disadvantaged in any country are the most vulnerable…”

In addition, the organization stated, “In 2013, roughly half of all deaths due to diabetes in adults were in people under the age of 60, and in less-developed regions like sub-Saharan Africa, that proportion climbs to 75%.”

Other findings in the report include:

  • $548 billion was spent on diabetes treatment in 2013.
  • North America spends more healthcare dollars on diabetes than any other condition.
  • In Southeast Asia, almost half of all cases are undiagnosed.
  • The Western Pacific has the largest number with diabetes in the world.
  • In the Middle East and North Africa, one in 10 has diabetes.
  • In South and Central America, there will be a 60 percent increase in diabetes cases within a generation. 

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