Diabetes has long been regarded as a silent epidemic, with millions already diagnosed with diabetes and many more in a pre-diabetic state . However, new figures from the International Diabetes Federatio, partially reported on yesterday, show the true picture of a global diabetes epidemic in full swing.
The IDF Diabetes Atlas has been updated to show more recent figures for people with diabetes in low and middle-income countries, where diabetes is growing particularly fast. The disease is affecting far more people of working age than had previously been believed.
A staggering 285 million people worldwide are suffering from diabetes . The new figures were launched at the 20th World Diabetes Congress in Montreal, Canada. Over half of the diabetes population of the world are aged between 20 and 60, the report indicates.

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