Diabetes:
a global public health challenge

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Diabetes poses more of a challenge to public health than ever before: just over 400 million people are now diabetic, and 78,000 new cases are diagnosed worldwide every year.

To combat the epidemic spread of this silent disease, raising public awareness and improving access to treatment is key. Many health sector stakeholders, including Sanofi and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), are involved in implementing and promoting dedicated initiatives.

As part of this commitment, the IDF published its first Diabetes Atlas in conjunction with experts around the world in 2000, and has been updated every two years since then. Designed as the official and authoritative resource on this disease, the IDF Atlas contains a wealth of data on the prevalence of diabetes, the mortality rate and the overall costs of the disease to society at national and regional levels.

The 2015 Atlas shows us that 1 in 11 adults worldwide is a diabetic, and that by 2040 the figure will be 1 adult in 10: 642 million people.

 

Key diabetes Atlas

 

We also learned that Europe has the highest prevalence of children with type 1 diabetes, which affects a total of 542,000 children worldwide.

The old cliché of diabetes as a “rich man’s illness” is debunked in this new edition of the Atlas, where we learn that three quarters of the world’s diagnosed diabetics live in low and middle income countries.

 

Diabetes Atlas

 

The IFD shows the importance and severity of this “epidemics”: every six seconds, someone somewhere in the world dies as a result of diabetes.

 

Diabetes Atlas

 

 

However, the epidemic spread of diabetes is not a fatality, and the numerous initiatives dedicated to raise public awareness and improve access to treatment are very promising. Also, diabetes is concerned by one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, that forecasts to reduce, by 2030, premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by one third.

read the article on IDF Diabetes Atlas 2015

Source : International Diabetes Federation. IDF Diabetes Atlas, 7th edn. Brussels, Belgium: International Diabetes Federation, 2015. http://www.diabetesatlas.org

 

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