BRUSSELS — In line with World Diabetes Day, which was held Nov. 14, the International Diabetes Foundation projected that the number of people in the world living with diabetes is expected to rise from 366 million in 2011 to 552 million by 2030.
IDF said the statistic equates to approximately three new cases every 10 seconds, or almost 10 million per year. The organization also estimated that as many as 183 million people are unaware that they have diabetes.
The figures were released in the fifth edition of IDF's Diabetes Atlas.
“In every country and in every community worldwide, we are losing the battle against this cruel and deadly disease,” International Diabetes Federation president Jean Claude Mbanya. “We want World Diabetes Day 2011 to bring these alarming diabetes facts into the global spotlight. We demand that public and world leaders act on diabetes now.”