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Possible diabetes 'pandemic' by 2035

At least 10% of the world's population will have diabetes by 2035, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). 

Published today on World Diabetes Day, the latest estimates show that the number of people living with diabetes will rise from 382 million to 592 million by 2035, many in low and middle income countries and the majority under 60. 

Previous estimates from the IDF Diabetes Atlas in 2012 put the number of people with diabetes at 371 million and number of deaths for 2012 at 4.8 million. The new figures show that the upward trend will continue. 

By the end of 2013, 5.1 million people will have died from diabetes related complications. With 175 million undiagnosed cases many people are progressing towards complications unawares.

Speaking at the International Diabetes Leadership Forum in Istanbul, Turkey, president of IDF Michael Hirst said: "Diabetes is a disease of development. The misconception that diabetes is 'a disease of the wealthy' is still held, to the detriment of desperately needed funding to combat the pandemic. 

“On World Diabetes Day, we must continue to increase awareness of the importance of a healthy diet and physical activity. Crucially, environments must be created that lay the foundations for healthy living".