One in 10 will be diabetic by 2035, report says

Friday, November 15, 2013

BRUSSELS, Belgium – One-tenth of the world’s population—592 million people—will have diabetes by 2035, according to the sixth Diabetes Atlas, released by the International Diabetes Federation Nov. 14. The federation says 382 million people will have the disease by the end of 2013. Most people with diabetes are between 40 and 59 years old and live in low- and middle-income countries, according to the report. “Diabetes is a disease of development,” said Michael Hirst, IDF president, in a statement. “The misconception that diabetes is ‘a disease of the wealthy’ is still held, to the detriment of desperately needed funding to combat the pandemic.” About 9.2% of Americans will have developed some form of diabetes by the end of 2013, the report says. That figure should increase to 11.6% by 2035.