Diabetes is one of the world’s oldest diseases and it has been centuries since this syndrome was first recognized. Previously considered as a disease of the affluent, diabetes is now considered an epidemic.

  • Recent estimates (IDF Diabetes Atlas) indicate that there are 382 million people living with diabetes worldwide.
  • By 2035, 592 million people or one person in ten will have the disease.
  • 316 million people are currently at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes
  • This number is likely to grow to nearly 600 million within a generation.

What makes this pandemic particularly menacing is that throughout much of the world, it remains hidden. Up to half of all people with diabetes globally remain undiagnosed. These facts and figures reiterate the importance of urgent action. Most cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented and the serious complications of diabetes can be avoided through healthy lifestyles and living environments that encourage and facilitate healthy behavior.

(Source: (IDF) International Diabetic Federation)

Regional Highlights


According to the statistic published by the Canadian Diabetic Association in The Globe and Mail of November 2010, there are 20+ people diagnosed with diabetes every hour of every day. The number of people living with diabetes and predisposed to diabetes is 9+ million. It is estimated that 700,000 have diabetes but are not yet diagnosed.


A Snapshot

Europe/Asia/Africa/South America

Prevalence is increasing among all age groups in these regions, mostly owing to increases in lifestyle-related risk factors.

World Map (interactive)