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Report: Diabetes Surge Hits Every Nation

U.S. ranks third, after China and India (November 14)

One in ten of the world’s population will have diabetes by 2035, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). The latest edition of the IDF’s Diabetes Atlas estimates that the global population living with diabetes will surge from 382 million to 592 million people by 2035, many in low- and middle-income countries and the majority under 60 years of age.

This increase will be the focus of the World Diabetes Congress in Melbourne, Australia, this December.

Estimates from the IDF in 2012 put the number of people with diabetes at 371 million and the number of deaths at 4.8 million. The new figures show that the upward trend will continue, the group says. By the end of 2013, 5.1 million people will have died from diabetes-related complications.

China with 98 million, India with 65 million, and the U.S. with 24 million have the highest numbers of people with diabetes, the report notes.

According to the authors, US $548 billion were spent on diabetes in 2013. North America spends the most health care dollars on diabetes, overall.

The report also finds that the Western Pacific has the largest number of people with diabetes in the world. In Southeast Asia, almost half of all people with diabetes are undiagnosed. In South and Central America, there will be a 60% increase in the number of people with diabetes within a generation.

Source: IDF; November 14, 2013.

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