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Diabetes - facts and figures

Facts and Figures

World statistics

  1. The number of people with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014.
  2. The global prevalence of diabetes among adults over 18 years of age has risen from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2014
  3. Diabetes prevalence has been rising more rapidly in middle- and low-income countries.
  4. Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation. In 2016, an estimated 1.6 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes. Another 2.2 million deaths were attributable to high blood glucose in 2012
  5. Almost half of all deaths attributable to high blood glucose occur before the age of 70 years. WHO estimates that diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in 2016. Healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight and avoiding tobacco use are ways to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
  6. Diabetes can be treated and its consequences avoided or delayed with diet, physical activity, medication and regular screening and treatment for complications.

Source: WHO

India Statistics

  1. The number of people with diabetes in India increased from 26·0 million (95% UI 23·4–28·6) in 1990 to 65·0 million (58·7–71·1) in 2016.
  2. The prevalence of diabetes in adults aged 20 years or older in India increased from 5·5% (4·9–6·1) in 1990 to 7·7% (6·9–8·4) in 2016.
  3. The prevalence in 2016 was highest in Tamil Nadu and Kerala (high ETL) and Delhi (higher-middle ETL), followed by Punjab and Goa (high ETL) and Karnataka (higher-middle ETL).
  4. The age-standardised DALY rate for diabetes increased in India by 39·6% (32·1–46·7) from 1990 to 2016, which was the highest increase among major non-communicable diseases.
  5. The age-standardised diabetes prevalence and DALYs increased in every state, with the percentage increase among the highest in several states in the low and lower-middle ETL state groups.
  6. The most important risk factor for diabetes in India was overweight to which 36·0% (22·6–49·2) of the diabetes DALYs in 2016 could be attributed. The prevalence of overweight in adults in India increased from 9·0% (8·7–9·3) in 1990 to 20·4% (19·9–20·8) in 2016; this prevalence increased in every state of the country. For every 100 overweight adults aged 20 years or older in India, there were 38 adults (34–42) with diabetes, compared with the global average of 19 adults (17–21) in 2016.

Source: The increasing burden of diabetes and variations among the states of India: the Global Burden of Disease Study 1990–2016

World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day is celebrated on 14th November every year. It was in 1991 that World Diabetes Day first came to be celebrated after the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization collaborated to find a solution to the growing cases of diabetes worldwide. Ever since, member associations have teamed up with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to share and spread crucial information on prevention of diabetes.

Protect your family is the World Diabetes Day theme for 2018-2019.

For more details visit International Diabetes Federation (IDF) website

Source: International Diabetes Federation (IDF) ; National Institute of Nutrition (NIN)



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