The IDF Diabetes Atlas, Seventh Edition 2015 provides the latest figures, information and projections on the current and future magnitude of the diabetes epidemic.

  • Approximately 415 million adults have diabetes; by 2040 this will rise to 642 million
  • The proportion of people with type 2 diabetes is increasing in most countries
  • 75% of adults with diabetes live in low- and middle-income countries
  • The greatest number of people with diabetes are between 40 and 59 years of age
  • 1 in 2 (46%) people with diabetes are undiagnosed
  • Diabetes caused 5 million deaths in 2015; every six seconds a person dies from diabetes
  • Diabetes caused at least USD 673 billion dollars in health expenditure in 2015 – 12% of total spending on adults
  • More than 542,000 children live with type 1 diabetes in 2015
  • More than 20.9 million live births were affected by diabetes during pregnancy in 2015 – 1 in 7 births

Source: International Diabetes Federation

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