Jamaica is one of the 24 countries of the IDF NAC region.

382 million people have diabetes in the world and more than 36.7 million people in the NAC Region; by 2035 this will rise to 50.4 million.

There were 178,520 cases of diabetes in Jamaica in 2013.

IDF membership

Diabetes in Jamaica - 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) 178.52 Number of cases of diabetes in adults that are undiagnosed (1000s) 44.63

Jamaica vs world prevalence of diabetes

The figure describes which age groups in the population have the highest proportions of diabetes. The blue line is the distribution of diabetes prevalence by age for the world; the green 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 Jamaica is available from the CIA  World Factbook.

Diabetes Scorecard in Jamaica

IDF in partnership with its member associations developed the first Global Diabetes Scorecard designed to track the progress that national governments are making on diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Data have been collected and countries measured on their actions in six critical areas : National diabetes plans and policies; Health systems and access to care; Monitoring and surveillance systems; Government budgeting and finance for diabetes; Engagement and rights; National adoption of the global monitoring framework for NCDs.

Download the scorecard for Jamaica here or access the full report at www.idf.org/global-diabetes-scorecard

IDF Membership in Jamaica

IDF has one Member Association in the country.

Diabetes Association of Jamaica is a member of IDF since 1991.