Written by: Wallace Merriman

366 Million Diabetics and Growing
Posted on:Sep 30, 2011

Here are the latest global diabetes stats from the International Diabetes Foundation, and they are frightening:

  1. 366 million people around the globe are suffering from diabetes.
  2. One person dies from diabetes every 7 seconds, that’s 4.6 million people a year!
  3. 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.

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