The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) predicts that one in 10 adults could have diabetes by 2030, according to their latest statistics. The advocacy group estimated the number of people living with diabetes is expected to rise from 366 million in 2011 to 552 million by 2030, if no urgent action is taken. This equates to approximately three new cases every ten seconds or almost ten million per year. IDF also estimates that as many as 183 million people are unaware that they have diabetes.
Diabetes will gradually replace infectious diseases as the major public health problem over the next twenty years. Cases of diabetes in Africa will probably rise by 90% by 2030. Over three-quarters of people in Africa who have diabetes are unaware of their diabetes status.
‘It’s a credible figure,’ said Gojka Roglic, head of WHO’s diabetes unit. ‘But whether or not it’s correct, we can’t say.’
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