Here are the latest global diabetes stats from the International Diabetes Foundation, and they are frightening:
- 366 million people around the globe are suffering from diabetes.
- One person dies from diabetes every 7 seconds, that’s 4.6 million people a year!
- The cost of managing diabetes is $365 million
For perspective, in 1985, only 30 million people worldwide suffered from diabetes. That’s a twelve-fold growth in less than 30 years.
The stats above are for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Reminder: diabetes means your body does not have enough insulin to break down glucose. For type 1 diabetes, the body does not product insulin and is prevalent in kids and young adults. Type 2 diabetes is a in many cases a direct result of bad diets causing the body to produce insufficient amounts of insulin.
Here in the US we have 26 million diabetics. That’s 8% of the population. Another 1.6 million people are added each year. It’s the #7 cause of death in the US.
Sadly, approximately 60 million Americans are pre-diabetic, which means they are very close to becoming dependent on daily insulin injections for the rest of their lives.
On the bright side, with proper diet and exercise, many pre-diabetics can keep the needles away.