Assumed diabetes prevalence vs. reality in select countries worldwide as of 2017

Difference between the actual percentage of adults aged 20 to 79 worldwide who had diabetes and what respondents believed as of 2017

Assumed diabetes prevalence vs. reality in select countries worldwide as of 2017 This statistic is based on a survey by Ipsos MORI and shows the difference between the actual percentage of adults aged 20 to 79 years in select countries worldwide who had diabetes and what survey respondents guessed as of 2017. It was found that respondents in the U.S. on average guessed that 34 out of every 100 adults aged 20 to 79 years had diabetes, when in reality the number was 11 out of every 100.
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Difference between the actual percentage of adults aged 20 to 79 worldwide who had diabetes and what respondents believed as of 2017

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Average guessActual rates
Saudi Arabia 42%20%
Malaysia 47%18%
Mexico 47%16%
Turkey 40%13%
Singapore 35%11%
USA 34%11%
Montenegro 29%11%
Brazil 47%10%
China 26%10%
Chile 43%10%
Serbia 32%10%
Colombia 39%10%
Russia 24%9%
India 47%9%
Spain 31%8%
Hong Kong 28%8%
South Africa 41%8%
Israel 31%8%
Indonesia 40%7%
Denmark 23%7%
Hungary 34%7%
New Zealand 28%7%
Peru 42%7%
Germany 31%7%
Philippines 45%7%
Canada 30%7%
Poland 31%6%
Japan 27%6%
Netherlands 26%6%
Argentina 36%6%
Norway17%6%
Australia 32%5%
France 31%5%
Belgium 30%5%
Italy 35%5%
Great Britain 27%5%
Sweden 20%5%
South Korea 29%4%
Average guessActual rates
Saudi Arabia 42%20%
Malaysia 47%18%
Mexico 47%16%
Turkey 40%13%
Singapore 35%11%
USA 34%11%
Montenegro 29%11%
Brazil 47%10%
China 26%10%
Chile 43%10%
Serbia 32%10%
Colombia 39%10%
Russia 24%9%
India 47%9%
Spain 31%8%
Hong Kong 28%8%
South Africa 41%8%
Israel 31%8%
Indonesia 40%7%
Denmark 23%7%
Hungary 34%7%
New Zealand 28%7%
Peru 42%7%
Germany 31%7%
Philippines 45%7%
Canada 30%7%
Poland 31%6%
Japan 27%6%
Netherlands 26%6%
Argentina 36%6%
Norway17%6%
Australia 32%5%
France 31%5%
Belgium 30%5%
Italy 35%5%
Great Britain 27%5%
Sweden 20%5%
South Korea 29%4%
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This statistic is based on a survey by Ipsos MORI and shows the difference between the actual percentage of adults aged 20 to 79 years in select countries worldwide who had diabetes and what survey respondents guessed as of 2017. It was found that respondents in the U.S. on average guessed that 34 out of every 100 adults aged 20 to 79 years had diabetes, when in reality the number was 11 out of every 100.
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Release date
December 2017
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
September 28 to October 19, 2017
Number of respondents
29,133 respondents
Age group
16-64 years
Special properties
38 countries
Method of interview
Online survey
Supplementary notes
Original question: "Out of every 100 people aged 20-79 in [COUNTRY], about how many do you think have diabetes?"
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