Diabetes - Statistics & Facts

Diabetes - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts about Diabetes

Diabetes describes a group of metabolic diseases which cause high blood sugar levels. In recent years, diabetes has become one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, around 1.5 million people worldwide died due to diabetes in 2012. It is estimated that 380 million people are living with diabetes all over the world. By 2040, projections show this number rising to some 642 million diabetics globally. This means that one out of ten adults will have diabetes.

Interestingly, countries with the highest prevalence of diabetes can be found primarily on islands in the Pacific and in the Middle East. For example, on Tokelau almost every third adult has diabetes, while almost a quarter of all adults in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait suffer from this disease. In comparison, diabetes prevalence in OECD countries remains much lower. However, the United States reports figures significantly above average for OECD countries with a prevalence of nearly 13 percent.

Around 22 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes, with the real number estimated to be even higher. In the U.S., a disproportionately large number of people in the Southern states suffer from diabetes. From an ethnic view, non-Hispanic blacks have the highest prevalence in the United States. It is predicted that diabetes induced health care costs will total around 3.3 trillion U.S. dollars between 2011 and 2020.

Worldwide, health care expenditure to treat diabetes was estimated at almost a trillion U.S. dollars in 2015. Thus, diabetes treatment is also a huge pharmaceutical submarket. In 2015, global anti-diabetics revenues totaled to 71.5 billion U.S. dollars. This figure put anti-diabetics among the top three therapy classes. Novo Nordisk is the leading pharmaceutical company based on global anti-diabetic revenue. The Danish company is highly concentrated on the manufacturing of drugs for diabetes treatment.

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Facts on Diabetes
Global OverviewValuesStatistic
Number of diabetics worldwide in 2015415m Details →
Percentage of diabetics in the global adult population in 20158.8% Details →
Global health care expenditure to treat diabetes in 2015935bn USD Details →
Global pharmaceutical revenue of anti-diabetic products in 201571.5bn USD Details →
Country comparisonValuesStatistic
Country with the highest number of diabetics worldwide in 2015China Details →
Country with the highest prevalence of diabetes worldwide in 2015Tokelau Details →
Prevalence of diabetes among adults in Mexico as of 201514.7% Details →
Diabetes in the U.S.ValuesStatistic
Number of U.S. Americans with diagnosed diabetes in 201422m Details →
Leading U.S. state based on percentage of adults who ever had diabetes as of 2015Mississippi Details →
Leading U.S. state based on percentage of adults who ever had prediabetes as of 2015California Details →
Deaths by diabetes mellitus in 2014 (per 100,000 population)20.9 Details →
Projected productivity loss due to type 2 diabetes in 2017127bn USD Details →
Diabetes care marketValuesStatistic
Global pharmaceutical revenue of anti-diabetic products in 201571.5bn USD Details →
Pharmaceutical company with the largest share of the anti-diabetics market in 2015Novo Nordisk Details →
Projected number of diabetics in North America and the Caribbean in 204060.5m Details →
Region expected to see the largest increase in number of diabetics from 2015 to 2040Africa Details →

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