Facts and Figures

Diabetes has become an alarming global problem in recent years. According to the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF), the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the last twenty years has risen from 30 million to over 246 million, or approximately 7.3 % of the world population, with North America have the highest percentage. The Middle East and some countries in the Caribbean have seen as much as 12-20% of the population being diagnosed as well.

There are many theories as to why the number of cases of diabetes has risen. One reason is that while the United States has been collecting data on diabetes for many years, other countries have only begun to realize the importance of this data and how diabetes affects its population. On one level, this will account for the staggering rise in cases that are now reported. However, this is not the only reason.

Lifestyle plays a major part in why some people get diabetes over others, which is why Type 2 diabetes contributes to at least 90-95% of the increase of diabetes in the world population. The increased westernization of developing countries has changed the pattern for which many countries live each day. The time to prepare healthy foods has been cut down by lack of time due to more work pressure, contributing to a less active lifestyle as well. When lack of activity is combined with not eating healthy, nutritious meals the danger of Type 2 diabetes is increased. Genetics also plays a part in cases where people have Type 1 diabetes, but that only contributes to 5-10% of the cases worldwide.

Here are some facts about diabetes:
  1. Currently there are over 260 million people worldwide with diabetes.
  2. At the currently rate, by 2025 more than 418 million people will be diagnosed with diabetes.
  3. 65,000 new cases of diabetes are diagnosed each year.
  4. 80 years after the discovery of insulin, there are still many people around the world who either cannot access insulin on a regular basis or at all.
  5. Diabetes can damage the many organs including tissue of kidneys, eyes, peripheral nerves, vascular tree, eyes (causing blindness) and be the cause of loss of limbs in the lower extremities due to poor circulation.
  6. Type 2 diabetes is preventable in approximately 80% of all cases, making prevention a high priority in fighting against worldwide diabetes.
  7. More than half of all people who are diabetic don't even know they have diabetes.