30 year surge in global diabetes prevelance

THE number of people with diabetes more than doubled globally to 347 million between 1980 and 2008, a new analysis shows.

Close to half – 138 million – live in China or India, and another 36 million are in the US and Russia, researchers said.

The percentage of male adults with diabetes worldwide rose from 8.3% to 9.8% (an 18% rise) across the three decades, while adult female prevalence increased from 7.5% to 9.2% (up 23%).

“Diabetes is becoming more common almost everywhere in the world,” the study found. 

Pacific Island nations have the highest incidence. One in three Marshall Islander women and one in four men have diabetes. 

Lancet 2011; online 25 June