Republic of Korea is one of the 23 countries and territories of the IDF WP region.

387 million people have diabetes in the world and almost 138 million people in the WP Region; by 2035 this will rise to 22 million.

There were 2.7 million cases of diabetes in Republic of Korea in 2014.

IDF membership

Diabetes in Republic of Korea - 2014

Total adult population (1000s)

(20-79 years)


Number of deaths in adults due to diabetes


Prevalence of diabetes in adults

(20-79 years) (%)


Cost per person with diabetes (USD)


Total cases of adults (20-79 years) with diabetes (1000s) 2,767.7 Number of cases of diabetes in adults that are undiagnosed (1000s) 1,493.2

Korea vs world prevalence of diabetes

The figure describes which age groups in the population have the highest proportions of diabetes. The dotted line is the distribution of diabetes prevalence by age for the world; the black line is the distribution for the region; and the country distribution is plotted in the red 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 the Republic of Korea is available from the CIA  World Factbook.

IDF Membership in Korea

IDF has one Member Association in the country.

Korean Diabetes Association is a member of IDF