Time to tackle the growing diabetes pandemic

    Professor Andrew Boulton, President of the International Diabetes Federation, argues that now is the time to tackle the growing diabetes pandemic

    Diabetes is rising at an alarming rate. It now impacts 537 million (one in 10) adults worldwide, – an increase of 74 million (16%) over the last two years. Furthermore, there is a growing list of countries where one in five or even more of the adult population is living with diabetes.

    These new figures are revealed in the 10th edition of the International Diabetes Federation’s Diabetes Atlas. The Atlas projects that 783 million adults will be living with diabetes by 2045. That’s an estimated 46% increase, compared to the anticipated population growth of 20% over the same period. With such a sharp increase in global prevalence, it’s clear the rising tide of diabetes can no longer be ignored.

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