Diabetes in the World

World Diabetes Day (November 14) was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization to bring greater awareness to diabetes as an escalating global health threat. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2007 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225.


  • Worldwide, 3.2 million deaths are attributable to diabetes every year
  • One in every 20 deaths is attributable to diabetes; 8,700 deaths every day; six deaths every minutes
  • At least one in ten deaths among adults between 35 and 64 years old is attributable to disease

In a historical move, on November 7, 2012 at the World Health Organisation (WHO), members of the

United Nations have agreed on a set of targets to drive progress on diabetes and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including the first ever global target to halt the rise of diabetes.

The overall target is to see a 25% relative reduction in overall mortality from NCDs by 2025. Regarding diabetes, NCD targets includes a halt in the rise in diabetes and obesity and a 10% relative reduction in prevalence of physical inactivity.

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