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1-in-10 Adults Will Have Diabetes By 2030

November 14, 2011

According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), one in 10 adults could be diagnosed with diabetes by 2030.

November 14th marks World Diabetes Day for 2011, and IDF used the occasion to release its 5th edition of the Diabetes Atlas.

IDF said that as many as 183 million people are unaware they have diabetes.  In some regions like Africa diabetes cases are expected to increase by 90 percent by 2030.  At least 78 percent of people in Africa are undiagnosed and do not know they have diabetes.

The group said in its report that 78,000 children develop type 1 diabetes every year, and the greatest number of people with diabetes are between 40 and 59 years old.

“In every country and in every community worldwide, we are losing the battle against this cruel and deadly disease” Jean Claude Mbanya, President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), said in a statement “We want World Diabetes Day 2011 to bring these alarming diabetes facts into the global spotlight. We demand that public and world leaders act on diabetes now”.

The new figures follow a meeting in September of 193 Heads of State and government at the UN High Level Meeting in New York which saw leaders agree on a Political Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases including diabetes.

“World leaders have recognized the magnitude and impact of these diseases and the urgent need for action,” Ann Keeling, CEO, International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Chair of the NCD Alliance, said in a press release. “In some key areas we wanted stronger commitments and targets but the Declaration will accelerate international progress on diabetes and NCDs, saving millions of people from preventable death and disability”

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Source: RedOrbit Staff & Wire Reports