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Report suggests diabetes rates will jump to one in ten people by 2030

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The IDF has issued their 5th Edition of the Diabetes Atlas.

A dire report issued today, which is World Diabetes Day, predicts one in ten people will have diabetes by the year 2030. The finding comes from the International Diabetes Federation. The statistics in the report don’t include the impact of obesity, and may be conservative.

But diabetes is largely preventable, making focus on curbing rates of type 2 diabetes priority – a message the IDF wants to emphasize.

According to the report, one in 13 people currently have type 2 diabetes.

Unless action is taken, rates of the disease are expected to jump from 366 million in 2011 to 552 million by 2030.

Call to action

“In every country and in every community worldwide, we are losing the battle against this cruel and deadly disease” said Jean Claude Mbanya, President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) “We want World Diabetes Day 2011 to bring these alarming diabetes facts into the global spotlight. We demand that public and world leaders act on diabetes now”.

Other statistics from the report include the rate of type 1 diabetes, diagnosed in 78,000 children each year.

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The FDI notes type 2 diabetes occurs primarily in people age 40 to 59. Rates of the disease in Africa are expected to increase 90 percent by 2030.

The report says 80 percent of people living with diabetes live in low and middle-income countries.

“World leaders have recognized the magnitude and impact of these diseases and the urgent need for action. In some key areas we wanted stronger commitments and targets but the Declaration will accelerate international progress on diabetes and NCDs, saving millions of people from preventable death and disability” said Ann Keeling, CEO, International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Chair of the NCD Alliance.

Many unaware they have diabetes

According to the IDF, there are 183 million people who are unaware they have diabetes; there are ten million new cases of type 2 diabetes each year.

The new release – the 5th Edition of the Diabetes Atlas from the IDF follows a September meeting of the UN in New York that included 193 Heads of State and government officials to decide on a Political Declaration on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) including diabetes.

The goal of the report is to raise awareness on World Diabetes Day that takes place each year on November 14. The IDF is asking for research funding and stronger health services that integrate diabetes care with primary health services, maternal and child care and infectious diseases.

Updated 10/7/2014