The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) provides the latest figures, information and projections on diabetes worldwide. In 2019
- Approximately 463 million adults (20-79 years) were living with diabetes; by 2045 this will rise to 700 million
- The proportion of people with type 2 diabetes is increasing in most countries
- 79% of adults with diabetes were living in low- and middle-income countries
- 1 in 5 of the people who are above 65 years old have diabetes
- 1 in 2 (232 million) people with diabetes were undiagnosed
- Diabetes caused 4.2 million deaths
- Diabetes caused at least USD 760 billion dollars in health expenditure in 2019 – 10% of total spending on adults
- More than 1.1 million children and adolescents are living with type 1 diabetes
- More than 20 million live births (1 in 6 live births) are affected by diabetes during pregnancy
- 374 million people are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes
Campaign for Change
We campaign for those with or at risk of diabetes. We campaign for better care for people living with diabetes and to prevent the rise of type 2 diabetes.
In a bid to raise awareness of the condition on the steps that at-risk people can take, the University of East London (UEL) engaged in a series of events within East London which aims to raise diabetes awareness, prevention and take an assessment of diabetes prevalence in different boroughs.
The project was funded by UEL’s – London Scholars Scheme – the activities include screening for risk factors, Body Mass Index (BMI) measurements, free blood glucose test and blood pressure checks, and the distribution of educational materials; and advise people to make an appointment with their GP for further checks and advice.
Passion for Reducing Type 2 Diabetes (PAFORET2D) Team were fully engaged in all the campaign endeavours of the London Scholar Scheme till the completion of the project that was highly successful.
PAFORET2D seeks sponsors and supporters who will help us take the diabetes campaign message to the grassroots of the most affected groups.
What is type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is a serious long-term condition. It develops when your body can’t make enough insulin. Or when the insulin you do produce doesn’t work properly. Insulin helps your body use the glucose (sugar) in your blood. Without the right amount of insulin, you can end up with high levels of sugar in your blood.
High blood sugar can make you very ill and lead to serious health complications.
Over 4.5 million people are living with diabetes, that’s both Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. And there are currently 11.9 million people at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes usually develops later in life and it can be years before you realise you have it. The complications can be serious. But with the right treatment and support, there’s no reason you won’t live a full and happy life.
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