What is diabetes

Facts & figures

The IDF Diabetes Atlas Eighth edition 2017 provides the latest figures, information and projections on diabetes worldwide.

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In 2017,

  • Approximately 425 million adults (20-79 years) were living with diabetes; by 2045 this will rise to 629 million
  • The proportion of people with type 2 diabetes is increasing in most countries
  • 79% of adults with diabetes were living in low- and middle-income countries
  • The greatest number of people with diabetes were between 40 and 59 years of age
  • 1 in 2 (212 million) people with diabetes were undiagnosed
  • Diabetes caused 4 million deaths
  • Diabetes caused at least USD 727 billion dollars in health expenditure in 2017 – 12% of total spending on adults
  • More than 1,106,500 children were living with type 1 diabetes
  • More than 21 million live births (1 in 7 births) were affected by diabetes during pregnancy
  • 352 million people were at risk of developing type 2 diabetes

Download the IDF Diabetes Atlas 8th Edition 2017 Global fact sheet (pdf)

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