Diabetes: A Growing Global Healthcare Challenge
Diabetes is a major global health issue that affects millions of people worldwide. And trends suggest that is only going to get worse.
Consider these facts:
- In 2011, 366 million people had diabetes. That number is projected to rise to 592 million by 2035, according to the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF).
- Diabetes caused 4.6 million deaths in 2011, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It accounted for at least $465 billion in healthcare expenditures. This was approximately 11 percent of the total healthcare expenditures in adults age 20 to 79.
- In the United States, diabetes affects 25.8 million people of all ages -- approximately 8.3% of the U.S. population, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Among older U.S. residents, that percentage increases to roughly 27%.
- Approximately 78,000 children develop Type-1 diabetes every year.
- Global sales of diabetes medicines totaled $35 billion in 2010 and could rise to as much as $48 billion by 2015, according to research firm IMS Health, driven by increased prevalence and treatment, especially in countries such as China, India, Mexico and Brazil.