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World Diabetes Day (WDD)

Our team wear blue to show support & promote the importance of taking coordinated and concerted actions to confront diabetes as a critical global health issue.

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high.

There are 2 main types of diabetes:

type 1 diabetes – where the body's immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin

type 2 diabetes – where the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body's cells do not react to insulin

Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.

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

Facts & Figures

  • 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.

*Information taken from

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