Countries with the highest number of diabetics 2019

China is the country with the highest number of diabetics worldwide, with around 116 million people suffering from the disease. By the year 2045, it is predicted that India will have around 134 million people with diabetes.

Death from diabetes

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, accounting for 1.6 million deaths in 2016. Diabetes at least doubles one’s chance of dying prematurely and many places in the world lack appropriate treatment options. The highest number of deaths from diabetes comes from South East Asia, where almost 592,000 people died from the disease in 2019.


One of the biggest risk factors for developing diabetes is being overweight or obese. Rates of obesity have increased in recent years in many countries around the world. In the United States, for example, it is estimated that around 32 percent of the adult population was obese in 2018, compared to 19 percent of the population in 1997.

Countries with the highest number of diabetics worldwide in 2019

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Release date

November 2019



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Age group

20-79 years

Supplementary notes

All figures are estimates.

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