The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that over 382 million people currently live with diabetes globally. This accounts for 11% of the adult population and is projected to increase to near 592 million by 2035. The data reveals that over 80% of persons living with diabetes are from developing countries. The IDF estimates that one in every ten adults in the North American and Caribbean region has diabetes.1 In 2013, over 178,520 adult Jamaicans (20-79 years) were reported to have diabetes with prevalence rates estimated at 10.6%.
This represents a 2.8 % increase between 2008 and 2013.2