Understanding Diabetes Globally:


Let’s talk about diabetes on a global scale – breaking down myths, sharing facts, and spreading awareness. It’s crucial to understand the reality of this condition that impacts millions of lives worldwide.

Myth: Diabetes is not serious. Fact: Diabetes is a rapidly growing chronic condition affecting people across the globe. In 2021 alone, it caused 6.7 million deaths. It’s a serious concern that demands attention and proper management.

World Diabetes Day: November 14th Why it matters: This day unites millions globally in diabetes advocacy and awareness activities. As the threat of diabetes escalates, it’s crucial to come together, raise awareness, and work towards better health.

Global Diabetes Statistics (2021):

  • One in 10 adults has diabetes (537 million).
  • One in two adults with diabetes is undiagnosed.
  • Global health expenditure on diabetes is 11.5% (USD$966 billion).
  • Gestational diabetes affects one in seven births.
  • Three-quarters of people with diabetes live in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Every five seconds, a person dies from diabetes (6.7 million deaths).

Sourced by the International Diabetes Federation Diabetes Atlas Key Findings 2021

Projections for 2030 and 2045:

  • By 2030, one in nine adults will have diabetes (643 million).
  • Diabetes-related health expenditure will exceed USD$1,028 billion.
  • By 2045, one in eight adults will have diabetes (783 million).
  • Diabetes-related health expenditure will exceed USD$1,054 billion.

Diabetes in Different Regions:

  • Africa: Over 50% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed.
  • North America and Caribbean: Highest average cost per adult with diabetes (USD 8,208).
  • Europe: Highest number of children with type 1 diabetes (295,000).
  • India: Accounts for 1 in 7 adults with diabetes.
  • South East Asia: Predicted to increase by 69% to 152 million by 2045.
  • Western Pacific: China accounts for one-fourth of all adults with diabetes globally.

Diabetes and COVID-19:

  • Individuals with diabetes have a 3.6 times higher likelihood of being hospitalized due to COVID-19.
  • 2.3 times increased risk of mortality.

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Remember, knowledge is our most potent tool against diabetes. Let’s stay informed, support one another, and make strides toward a healthier world.