A very special issue in a stellar year for diabetes

The 5th edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas, which was launched on World Diabetes Day, 14 November 2011, presented some daunting figures: the estimated number of adults living with diabetes has soared to 366 million – more than 8% of the global adult population – and is projected to rise to 552 million people by 2030 – just short of 10% of all adults. That means that diabetes is growing at the extraordinary rate of approximately three new cases every 10 seconds. The Atlas estimates confirm that diabetes continues to affect disproportionately the socially disadvantaged and continues to increase especially rapidly in low- and middle-income countries – where the health system is already ill equipped to provide care and resources for people with any type of diabetes.