A Global Pandemic

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Type 2 Diabetes
A Global Pandemic

Type 2 Diabetes (T2DM) is one of the most challenging health problems of the 21st century and is on the rise worldwide.


T2DM adults in 2021

>1 in 2

T2DM adults undiagnosed

>1 in 3

adults have prediabetes

Type 2 Diabetes

A Global Pandemic

The surging prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes (T2DM) stands as the defining health crisis of our century, driving substantial escalation in global healthcare costs.

Currently, about 483 millioni adults worldwide are living with this condition (IDF, 2021). If things remain status quo, projections from the Lancet warn that more than 1.17 billionii people could be affected by T2DM by 2050.

Contributing to over 70% of global mortality, non-communicable diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes rank among the top 10 causes of death worldwide (WHO, 2022). In 2021, T2DM was responsible for more than 6 millioniii deaths, a staggering figure that translates to one life lost every 5 seconds (IDF, 2021).

In the US alone, type 2 diabetes affects more than half of all American adults, with over 1 in 3 having prediabetes (CDC, 2023). According to a study published in the American Diabetes Association journal, the economic burden of diabetes has reached $327.2 billion for diagnosed individuals and $43.4 billion for prediabetes. Projections indicate this financial strain could double by 2030. The higher cost to treat individuals with diabetes underscores the vital need for timely intervention to prevent the onset of diabetes.

The increasing number of instances across diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, including a concerning trend among children and individuals with lower body mass indices, necessitates immediate action. Prioritizing prevention and holistic support is essential to addressing this pervasive health challenge and reducing costs at scale.

* i, ii,iii Numbers are estimates and have been adjusted to T2DM based on a 90% prevalence rate


Chronic complications

Type 2 Diabetes is the predominant form of diabetes, accounting for over 90% of all cases worldwide.