Key Fact

The number of people with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014
The global prevalence of diabetes* among adults over 18 years of age has risen from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2014
Diabetes prevalence has been rising more rapidly in middle- and low-income countries
Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation
In 2012, an estimated 1.5 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes and another 2.2 million deaths were attributable to high blood glucose
Healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight and avoiding tobacco use are ways to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes
Diabetes can be treated and its consequences avoided or delayed with diet, physical activity, medication and regular screening and treatment for complications

WHO, 2016