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The Rising Tide of Diabetes: Key Statistics Everyone Should Know

The Rising Tide of Diabetes: Key Statistics Everyone Should Know

Diabetes, a complex and multifaceted disorder, has swiftly turned into a global health challenge. In this article, we delve into the statistics to highlight the gravity and scope of the situation.

Global Prevalence 

  1. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as of 2019, an estimated 463 million adults (aged 20-79 years) were living with diabetes. The number is predicted to rise to 700 million by 20451.
  2. In 2019, diabetes was the direct cause of 4.2 million deaths globally1.

Diabetes in the United States 

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics indicate that more than 34 million US adults have diabetes, and 1 in 5 of them don't know they have it2.
  2. Additionally, 88 million US adults, which is over a third, have prediabetes, and more than 84% aren't aware of it2.

Economic Impact 

  1. Diabetes and its complications bring substantial economic losses to people with diabetes and their families, and to health systems and national economies. WHO highlights that global health spending to treat diabetes and manage complications totaled at least $760 billion in 20191.

Type 1 vs. Type 2 

  1. Globally, type 2 diabetes accounts for around 90% of diabetes cases, whereas type 1 accounts for around 10%3.
  2. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) states that around 1.1 million children and adolescents below 20 have type 1 diabetes3.

Complications and Associated Diseases 

  1. Diabetes is a significant cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke, and lower limb amputation1.
  2. The American Heart Association notes that adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease than adults without diabetes4.

Future Projections 

  1. Without ongoing, careful management, diabetes can lead to a buildup of sugars in the blood, which can heighten the risk of dangerous complications, including stroke and heart disease4.
  2. IDF projects that by 2045, the number of people aged 20-79 years with diabetes will soar to 700 million, mainly due to the increase in the number of people with type 2 diabetes3.


Understanding these statistics is paramount in grasping the extensive reach and implications of diabetes. Awareness, timely intervention, and proactive management are crucial to curtailing this rising tide.


  1. World Health Organization. Diabetes facts and figures.
  2. CDC. National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2020.
  3. International Diabetes Federation. IDF Diabetes Atlas Ninth edition 2019.
  4. American Heart Association. Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes.

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