A snapshot of diabetes in SA
There are 1,826,100 people living with diabetes in South Africa, according to the latest International Diabetes Federation research. The cases of diabetes in the country are rapidly rising.
Diabetes is rising globally
The International Diabetes Federation estimates that 451 million adults worldwide had diabetes in 2017. That is projected to rise to 693 million cases by 2045. Three years ago, the number of deaths globally from diabetes exceeded the combined mortality from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Several factors have contributed to the global increase in diabetes cases, such as the ageing population and urbanisation. One of the risk factors can be changed: obesity.
Globally, approximately 50% of diabetes cases are undiagnosed. The majority of these are in low-income and middle-income countries. The proportion of undiagnosed diabetes is 69.2% in Africa.