Ten Percent of Global Population May Suffer From Diabetes by 2035


A new report said that about ten percent of global population will suffer from diabetes by 2035. The World Diabetes Day takes place on November 14 each year and the IDF (International Diabetes Federation) has published the updated Diabetes Atlas. It estimates how many people between 20 and 79 years old will be affected by the disorder in years to come. The IDF predicts that by the end of 2013, about 382 million people may have diabetes. The number may skyrocket to nearly 600 million by 2035. For comparison, just four years ago approximately 285 million were affected by diabetes.

About 80 percent of them live in low-income and middle-income nations. IDF also revealed that every six seconds one person dies from the disease or about 5.1 million each year. It is wrongly believed that diabetes mostly affects wealthy people, but in reality it can affect just about anyone. In coming years, it’s important for us to allocate enough effort and resource to deal with the growing pandemic.

In the United States by the end 2013, it is estimated that about 9.2 percent of the general population will have symptoms of diabetes. That’s equal to about 24.5 million people and 6.8 of them will have their condition undiagnosed. In 2013, about 192,000 people in the United States will die from diabetes. By 2035, those affected by the disease may increase to 11.6 percent or about 30 million people. For comparison, in 2011 about 8.3 million people in the US had symptoms of diabetes.

IDF pointed out that incidence of Type 2 Diabetes tend to increase each year in all countries. Over the last a couple of years, cases of diabetes represent about 4.4 percent of global population and the diseases affects more than 5 percent of them. Overall, we haven’t seen any sign of stabilization, let alone a reversal. Diabetes will continue to become a serious health problem.

Diabetes may occur on people with abnormally high blood glucose level and most people have Type 2 Diabetes, which could happen if people don’t have enough insulin in the body. Insulin is needed to break down sugars and allow the body to extract energy from it.

People suffering from diabetes need to control their diet and take prescribed medication. If untreated, diabetes may result in complications such as cataracts, glaucoma, blindness, neuropathy, hypertension, skin infections, hearing loss and depression.