Diabetes in South and Central America

  • SACA prevalence image28 million adults (18-99) are living with diabetes in the IDF SACA Region — 1 in 13 adults. This figure is estimated to increase to 48 million by 2045.
  • 40% of people living with diabetes in the IDF SACA Region are undiagnosed.
  • Diabetes was responsible for 270,000 deaths in the IDF SACA Region in 2017.
  • 10% of people in the IDF SACA Region have Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT), which places them at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • 1 in 8 live births in the IDF SACA Region are affected by hyperglycaemia in pregnancy.
  • USD 33 billion was spent on healthcare for people with diabetes in 2017— 4% of the total global expenditure on diabetes.
SACA at a glance


Source: IDF Diabetes Atlas 8th Edition 2017

Diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD)

TDH news picPeople with diabetes are at increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD). CVD is a major cause of death and disability in people with diabetes, and a barrier to sustainable development.

In 2017, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), in partnership with Novo Nordisk, initiated the Taking Diabetes to Heart study to assess knowledge and awareness of CVD among people with type 2 diabetes. Data was collected between September 2017 and May 2018 through an online questionnaire in 32 languages. A total of 12,695 participants from 133 countries across all seven IDF regions took part in the study. The questionnaire comprised 17 questions divided into the following sections: demographics; CVD risk knowledge; CVD risk awareness; education on CVD by health professionals; and CVD information sources.

936 responses were received from the IDF South and Central America region. Download the findings (pdf).