IDF’s dedicated programme on women and diabetes was launched in 2009 to support the 181 million women with diabetes worldwide. It aims to put women with diabetes high onto the global health and development agenda.
Today, IDF estimates that around 415 million people have diabetes, and approximately half of these are women. As a result of increasing lifespan, the number of women at high risk of diabetes is rising. The health toll diabetes takes on women is significant, particularly in terms of diabetes-related complications such as heart disease. This results in high rates of mortality and morbidity of women with diabetes.