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