Diabetes Atlas

South-East Asia

Western Pacific

The International Diabetes Federation

The Global Burden


It is now recognized that it is the low- and middle-income countries that face the greatest burden of diabetes. However, many governments and public health planners still remain largely unaware of the current magnitude, or, more importantly, the future potential for increases in diabetes and its serious complications in their own countries.


Regional overview


Most people with diabetes live in the economically less developed regions of the world, and even in the region with the lowest prevalence (Africa) it is estimated that around 330,000 deaths will be attributable to diabetes in 2010. In addition, people with diabetes in these regions receive less than 20% of global spending on diabetes, reflecting the huge disparities between regions and countries.

Executive Summary

This is an executive summary of the printed version of the IDF Diabetes Atlas, fourth edition. This edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas marks a watershed in the prevention and care of diabetes. United Nations Resolution 61/225, adopted unanimously in 2006, recognizes diabetes as a serious and costly disease that poses a threat to individual well-being and economic progress, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMCs).


Interactive maps with global, country and regional data from the Diabetes Atlas 4th Edition. Click on the image below to view.



You can find under the different subsections below the various type of documents related to the Diabetes Atlas 4th edition.

New diabetes figures in China

Professor Jean Claude Mbanya, President, International Diabetes Federation, comments on the findings and implications of a new study in China published by the New England Journal of Medicine.

China now the country with the largest number of people with diabetes