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 https://worlddiabetesday.org/about/ https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetes/