Diabetes caused 1.1 million deaths in India in 2013: IDF Report

crop5_240x240_25sep14According to IDF Diabetes Atlas, by 2035, almost 600 million of us may be living with diabetes. 1 in 2 people do not know they have diabetes.

World Diabetes Day, on 14th of November is a worldwide campaign to bring awarness on a serious issue, a chronic disease called Diabetes.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes refers to a group of metabolic diseases where an individual has high blood glucose over a long period of time, sometimes even a lifetime. Type 1 diabetes occurs due little or no production of insulin by the pancreas and Type 2 diabetes is due to high blood glucose in the background of insulin resistance.

Diabetes is a chronic disease, which means it can be controlled but not cured.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has released a Diabetes Atlas which talks about the grave situation of diabetes in various countries around the world. Here are some startling facts about this chronic killer in India.

Among the South East Asian countries, India has the highest number of Diabetes related deaths (among people in the age group of 20-79) with 1.1 million deaths in 2013. According to current estimates, India also ranks first in the top five South-East Asian countries for number of people with diabetes with a shocking number of 65.1 million among 72.1 million in total. India also stands second in top 10 countries with diabetics between 20 and 79 years of age in 2013.


Source: IDF

According to estimates for 2014, cost per person with diabetes in India was 94.96 USD which is expected to rise in the future. Cost of diabetes treatment and research is expected to go up along with the number of diabetics in our country.

India is estimated to have spent the largest proportion of healthcare expenditure on diabetes in South-East Asia although the total healthcare expenditure of all the South-East Asian countries was estimated to be less than 1% of the total global expenditure.

Another shocking fact is that India accounts for the majority of children with Type 1 diabetes.

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Data Source: International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Diabetes Atlas