One in 11 adults have diabetes, largely brought on by an over-rich lifestyle short on exercise, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) reported.
In its latest Diabetes Atlas, the IDF said the current number of 463 million people with diabetes would jump to 578 million by 2030 and to 700 million by 2045, posing huge challenges for treatment and management of a disease which is already a top-10 killer worldwide.
The IDF said the report shows an increase of 38 million cases over its previous survey in 2017 and noted that 50.1% of adult sufferers are undiagnosed.
“Untreated diabetes can lead to a number of horrific consequences, including neuropathy, amputation, blindness, and even death,” says Elizabeth Klunk, senior vice president of medical management at Versant Health, managed vision care and benefits company located in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. “In the case of vision, diabetics are at risk for a number of issues, including glaucoma and cataracts, as well as a blinding condition called diabetic retinopathy—and most critically, losing their ability to live independently.”
Diabetes treatment costs the United States an estimated $327 billion annually, with $237 billion coming from direct medical costs and $90 billion coming from decreased productivity, according to the American Diabetes Association.