Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is one of the 20 countries of the IDF MENA region.

382 million people have diabetes in the world and more than 34.6 million people in the MENA Region; by 2035 this will rise to 670.9 million.

There were 3.6 million cases of diabetes in Saudi Arabia in 2013.

IDF membership

Diabetes in Saudi Arabia - 2013

Total adult population (1000s)

(20-79 years)


Number of deaths in adults due to diabetes


Prevalence of diabetes in adults

(20-79 years) (%)


Mean healthcare expenditures due to diabetes per person with diabetes (USD)


Total cases of adults (20-79 years) with diabetes (1000s) 3,650.89 Number of cases of diabetes in adults that are undiagnosed (1000s) 1,485.91

Saudi Arabia vs world prevalence of diabetes

The figure describes which age groups in the population have the highest proportions of diabetes. The grey line is the distribution of diabetes prevalence by age for the world; the purple line is the distribution for the region; and the country distribution is plotted in the black line. Many middle- and low-income countries have more people under the age of 60 with diabetes compared to the world average. Meanwhile, for high-income countries, a growing population over the age of 60 makes up the largest proportion of diabetes prevalence.

More information on Saudi Arabia is available from the CIA  World Factbook.

IDF Membership in Saudi Arabia

IDF has one Member Association in the country.

Saudi Diabetes and Endocrine Association is a member of IDF since 1985.