Diabetes is, unfortunately, something that affects millions across the globe. In the United States alone in 2012, 29.1 million American, roughly 9.3% of the population had diabetes. Of those 29.1 million, 1.25 million were adults and children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Sadly, 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year, with that number steadily climbing. Information regarding diabetes is available, but most people rarely think about the affliction that affects so many. With diabetes being the classified as the 7th leading cause of death in 2010, educating the public about this silent killer is more necessary than ever. The infographic Diabetes: The Silent Scourge designed by Adolfo Arranz and released by Today Newspaper for Singapore includes alarming statistics about diabetes on a global scale.
An estimated 422 million adults globally were living with diabetes in 2014, compared with 108 million in 1980. The global prevalence (age-standardised) of diabetes has nearly doubled since 1980, rising from 4.7 percent to 8.5 percent in the adult population. This reflects an increase in associated risk factors such as being overweight or obese. Over the past decade, diabetes prevalence has risen faster in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income countries.
The information provided is startling and is something that should not be taken lightly. Learn more about this growing worldwide issue here.