In a report issued by the International Diabetes Federation on Monday, it was indicated that at least 1 in 10 adults may suffer from diabetes by the year 2030.
Based on factors that include aging and demographic changes, an estimated 552 million people may develop diabetes over the next 20 years. This figure includes both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, as well as cases that remain undiagnosed.
According to the advocacy group, approximately one in 13 adults is suffering from diabetes, while information from the World Health Organization reveals that 346 million people across the globe have the disease. In addition, more than 80 percent of deaths due to diabetes happen in developing countries.
The WHO estimates that deaths due to diabetes may double by the year 2030, adding that the prediction given by the International Diabetes Federation is possible. Gojka Roglic, head of WHO’s diabetes unit, described the statistics as “a credible figure.” She also said: “But whether or not it’s correct, we can’t say.”
Roglic shared further that the estimated increase in diabetes cases is due to aging. Most cases of diabetes is that of Type 2 diabetes, the onset of which usually happens when patients are middle-aged, and is usually linked to weight gain and leading a sedentary lifestyle.
Most cases of the projected cases of diabetes are preventable, however, accoding to Roglic: “It’s worrying because these people will have an illness which is serious, debilitating, and shortens their lives… But it doesn’t have to happen if we take the right interventions.”