Diabetes Prevalence

  • The Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East have the highest prevalence rates (9%) of diabetes followed by North America (8%).1
  • The prevalence of diabetes for all age groups worldwide was estimated to be 3% in 2000 and is projected to be 4% in 2030.
  • The prevalence ranges from 2-3% among Europid populations, 5-10%  among urban populations in East Asia, 8-11% in North and South America and Australia, 10-12% in Middle East, 10-15% in South Asia, and 40-50% in Pacific Islands.2
  • The prevalence of diabetes has reached nearly 20% in South India.3, 4 


1. International Diabetes Federation. Diabetes Atlas, Fourth  Edition  Brussels  2009.

2. Diamond J. The double puzzle of diabetes. Nature. Jun 5 2003;423(6940):599-602.

3. Hu FB. Globalization of Diabetes: The role of diet, lifestyle, and genes. Diabetes Care. Jun 2011;34(6):1249-1257.

4. Ramachandran A, Mary S, Yamuna A, Murugesan N, Snehalatha C. High prevalence of diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors associated with urbanization in India. Diabetes Care. May 2008;31(5):893-898.

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