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[Magazine article] 1 In 10 People in the World Will Have Diabetes By 2035

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http://www.idf.org/diabetesatlas/data-visualisations

From the 14 November 2013 Time article By  @charlottealter

The International Diabetes Federation released a report Thursday that said that 10% of the global population will have diabetes by 2035.

The report, which was released on International Diabetes Day, said that 382 million people will have diabetes by the end of this year, and that 592 million will be diabetic by 2035, CBS news reports. Many of those millions will be living in developing countries.

The IDF report also estimates that the percentage of diabetic Americans will jump from 8% to 11% by 2035. One person dies from diabetes every six seconds, which amounts to 1.5 million annual deaths.

IDF points out that the number of people with diabetes, especially the Type 2 form, has increased in every country. The number of total diabetes cases have increased 4.4 percent over the last two years, now affecting more than 5 percent of the global population.

“We haven’t seen any kind of stabilizing, any kind of reversal,” Leonor Guariguata, an epidemiologist and project coordinator for IDF’s Diabetes Atlas, said to Businessweek. “Diabetes continues to be a very big problem and is increasing even beyond previous projections.”

According to the report, despite better treatments and improving education strategies, the battle to protect people from diabetes and its complications “is being lost.”

Dr. Juliana Chan, a professor of medicine and therapeutics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, told the BBC that in China, she feels the rising rates of diabetes are due to different genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors not helped by the fact that the country is becoming modernized rapidly.

China had the highest total number of citizens with the disease, with an estimated 98.4 million to be diagnosed by the end of 2013.

“It is typically an ageing disease, but the data shows that the young and middle-aged are most vulnerable. It is prevalent in obese people but emerging data suggests that for lean people with diabetes the outcome can be worse,” she explained.

Read more: 10% of World Population Will Have Diabetes By 2035 | TIME.com http://healthland.time.com/2013/11/14/1-in-10-people-in-the-world-will-have-diabetes-by-2035/#ixzz2ko5oErTU

November 16, 2013 - Posted by | Public Health | ,

2 Comments »

  1. What a great set of graphics! I wish that they had one more image that depicted the cases proportionally by population.

    Comment by Marti Weston | November 16, 2013 | Reply

  2. […] The Health and Medical Resources blog excerpts the Time article and also features some extraordinary graphic visualizations (the prevalence of cases in various countries) from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Atlas sixth edition. Diabetes has increased across the globe, and it’s no longer just a worry for aging adults. A PDF  with fact sheets containing all sorts of other diabetes statistics —  information by country and continent — is available from IDF.           […]

    Pingback by One Person Out of Ten May Develop Diabetes by 2035 | As Our Parents Age | November 16, 2013 | Reply


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