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20 October 2009
Montreal, Canada

According to International Diabetic Federation report, by 2030 over 8.4 per cent of the Indian adult population will suffer from diabetes
India leads the world in the looming epidemic of diabetes, the 20th annual World Diabetes Congress of the International Diabetic Federation (IDF) was told here.

In its annual report, the IDF said India currently has the highest number of 50.8 million people suffering from diabetes, followed by China with 43.2 million and the US with 26.8 million. The report projected 58.7 million diabetes cases in India by 2010–almost 7 per cent of its adult population.

By 2030, over 8.4 per cent of the Indian adult population will suffer from diabetes, thanks to the increasing life expectancy and urbanisation, the report said.

Warning Indian policy makers, the report said, “Evidence suggests that in more affluent parts of the country, the rural prevalence is higher than in less affluent rural areas, indicating that increasing economic growth will raise diabetes prevalence in India even more than these possibly conservative estimates have indicated.”

The rampaging diabetes will impose a huge economic burden on India and other countries, it added. Apart from losing billions in lost productivity, the report said, India will also be spending US $2.8 billion annually on diabetes control measures by 2010.

There are estimated to be 285 million diabetes cases worldwide, accounting for seven per cent of the world’s population, reports IANS.

Diabetes, along with cardiovascular disease, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases, accounts for 60 per cent of all deaths worldwide.

“Diabetes imposes a large economic burden on the individual, national healthcare system and economy. Healthcare expenditures on diabetes are expected to account for 11.6 per cent of the total healthcare expenditure in the world in 2010,” the report said.

“Estimated global healthcare expenditures to treat and prevent diabetes and its complications are expected to total at least US $376 billion in 2010.”

The epidemic is getting out of control. If the trend continues unchecked, there will be 435 million people with diabetes worldwide by 2030 new IDF President Jean-Claude Mbanya said.

More than 12,000 delegates and 400 speakers from around the world are attending the congress.

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