The increasing number of younger people living with type2 diabetes is a challenging development in a number of regions worldwide. In 2040, 642 million individuals will become affected with diabetes, which is two thirds more than the current prevalence. Diabetes can go unnoticed for a long period of time and those affected are often unaware of the long-term damage. If not diagnosed, complications such as coronary artery and peripheral vascular disease, stroke, diabetic neuropathy, amputations, renal failure and blindness can result, bringing about increased disability, reduced. Less developed regions in particular are seeing the greatest increases and facing the greatest consequences of the diabetes burden.
Every six seconds a person dies from diabetes
There are approximately 175 million cases of undiagnosed individuals living with diabetes worldwide, with more than 80 percent of these in low to middle income countries. There is no doubt that diabetes will become a major threat to the population in these regions, as there is no well-established access to healthcare. The Western Pacific region has more diabetics than any other region worldwide. A diabetes epidemic is particularly visible in Southeast Asia, accounting for roughly 20 percent of all cases worldwide. However, less than one percent of the global expenditure on diabetes is spent in this region.
Asia has highest rate of people living with diabetes
The three most populous countries – China, India and the U.S. – have the highest rates of people living with diabetes. However, it is the Asian countries that suffer from a lack of resources to properly diagnose, monitor and treat the disease. The International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) claims that the growth of diabetes by 55 percent by 2040 will afflict developing regions the most, as 80 percent of individuals living with diabetes are from low- and middle-income countries. In South-East Asia alone, more than 78.3 million individuals are living with diabetes today.1