About World Diabetes Day

14 November

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Facts & figures
1 in 10 people are living
with diabetes

Facts & figures

The IDF Diabetes Atlas provides the latest figures, information and projections on the global impact of diabetes.

Diabetes

  • 463 million adults (1-in-11) were living with diabetes in 2019 The number of people living with diabetes is expected rise to 578 million by 2030.
  • 1 in 2 adults with diabetes remain undiagnosed (232 million). The majority have type 2 diabetes.
  • More than 3 in 4 people with diabetes live in low and middle-income countries.
  • 1 in 6 live births (20 million) are affected by high blood glucose (hyperglycaemia) in pregnancy.
  • Two-thirds of people with diabetes live in urban areas and three-quarters are of working age.
  • 1 in 5 people with diabetes (136 million) are above 65 years old.
  • Diabetes caused 4.2 million deaths in 2019.
  • Diabetes was responsible for at least $760 billion in health expenditure in 2019 – 10% of the global total spent on healthcare.

Nursing*

  • Nurses account for 59% of health professionals – the largest occupational group
  • The global nursing workforce is 27.9 million, of which 19.3 million are professionals
  • The global shortage of nurses is estimated to be 5.9 million, of which 89% is in low and lower middle-income countries
  • Nursing graduates need to increase by 8% a year to overcome the predicted global shortfall by 2030
  • Approximately 90% of the nursing workforce is female

*https://www.who.int/hrh/nursing_midwifery

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