Facts and Figures

  • In 2011, there were an estimated 181 million women with diabetes. By 2030, this number is expected to rise to 275 million.
  • Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths per year.
  • Sixty percent of the world’s poor are women, twice as many women as men suffer from malnutrition, and two thirds of illiterate adults are women.
  • The greatest increase in the female diabetes population over the next 20 years will be in the Middle East and North Africa Region (96%), followed by the Africa Region (90.4%) and South East Asia (74.4%).
  • Two out of every five women with diabetes are of reproductive age, accounting for over 60 million women worldwide.
  • Gestational diabetes (GDM) is any glucose intolerance with onset or first recognition during pregnancy, and develops in one in 25 pregnancies worldwide.
  • In India alone, an estimated 4 million women have GDM.
  • Approximately half of women with a history of GDM go on to develop type 2 diabetes within five to ten years after delivery.


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