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IDF report

Diabetes Atlas 2012: 371 million cases worldwide

The IDF are using the release of their atlas to call for diabetes to be included in the Millennium Development Goals.
50% of worldwide diabetics undiagnosed
8.3% of adult population living with diabetes
IDF hope data will encourage UN to include diabetes with Millennium Development Goals

More than 371 million people in the world have diabetes, half of whom are undiagnosed, according to the latest update to the International Diabetes Federation’s Diabetes Atlas.

The number of people with diabetes has increased in every country in the world, leading the IDF to describe the global diabetes epidemic as “out of control”.

“Millions 
of 
people 
are 
dying 
from
 diabetes 
in 
their 
most 
productive 
years,” 
said 
Ann
 Keeling,
 CEO 
of the 
IDF. 
“The
 stability 
of 
societies 
is 
threatened 
and 
huge 
economic
 and
 political

burdens
 are
 imposed
 on 
countries 
and 
communities. 
However, this 
disease
 remains marginalised
 on 
the 
global 
health 
and 
development 
agenda 
and 
vastly 
under‐resourced.”

In total, the IDF estimate that 8.3% of the adult population of the world are living with diabetes. By 2030, they say, over 552 million adults – 9.9% of the population – will have the condition.

The IDF reports that by the end of 2012, 4.8 million people will have died from diabetes, half of whom will be under 60, and US$471 billion was spent globally on healthcare related to the disease.

“As 
millions 
of 
undiagnosed
 people
 develop
 diabetes 
complications, 
we 
can
 expect 
to 
see the
 mortality rate 
climb,” 
said 
Jean
 Claude 
Mbanya, president
 of 
the 
International 
Diabetes Federation.

Globally, the IDF estimates that 187 million people with diabetes – 50% – remain undiagnosed, including 81% of African diabetics.

Of the 371 million diabetics in the world, more than one in three live in the West Pacific region, including over 90 million in China and more than 61 million in India.

The IDF hope that the data will encourage the UN to include battling diabetes and other non-communicable diseases into the Millennium Development Goals, which are due to be updated in 2015.

Specifying targets for battling diabetes as a Millennium Development Goal would increase funding from organisations like the World Bank and International Development Fund, particularly for fighting diabetes in low and middle income countries, which make up 80% of the diabetic population.

In the UK, 3.3 million adults – 5.6% of the population – are estimated to be diabetic, with around 1.4 million cases remaining undiagnosed.

In the USA, the IDF say that 24.1 million million adults, or 9.35% of the population, are diabetic, of whom 6.7 million are undiagnosed.

The IDF gathered data for the report from over 500 sources, including peer-reviewed journals, national health statistics reports, and reports from international agencies.

The report does not contain specific figures on type 1 and type 2 diabetes in adults, as many of its sources do not make a distinction between the two conditions.

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