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One in ten people could have diabetes by 2035

Disease surge expected to hit every country in the world

Gehry Building, Novartis Campus, Basel, Switzerland

Turning blue: Novartis shows its support for World Diabetes Day at its Basel campus

Ten per cent of the world's population is expected to have diabetes by 2035, according to new figures from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).

Released yesterday to coincide with World Diabetes Day, the IDF's Diabetes Atlas estimates that people living with diabetes will surge from 382 million to 592 million, many of them in low and middle income countries and the majority aged under 60.

The Federation, which represents over 200 national diabetes associations, said the increase will hit every nation, but will be most felt in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the number of people with diabetes is predicted to double by 2035.

IDF president Sir Michael Hirst said: "Diabetes is a disease of development. The misconception that diabetes is 'a disease of the wealthy' is still held, to the detriment of desperately needed funding to combat the pandemic.

"On World Diabetes Day, we must continue to increase awareness of the importance of a healthy diet and physical activity. Crucially, environments must be created that lay the foundations for healthy living."

The country with the largest number of people with diabetes is China, with 98 million people living with the disease, followed by India (65 million) and the US (24 million).

Consequently, on a regional basis, the Western Pacific, home to countries like China, Australia and Japan and some 138 million with diabetes, that has the highest number of people with the disease in the world.

The IDF also said it expects a 60 per cent increase in the number of people with diabetes in South and Central America “within a generation”.

Article by
Dominic Tyer

15th November 2013

From: Healthcare

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