IDF Diabetes Atlas, 9th edn.

By 2030, there will be an estimated 578 million adults with diabetes.

Diabetes is one of the fastest-growing health challenges of the 21st century, with the number of adults living with diabetes having more than tripled over the past 20 years.

In 2000, the global estimate of adults living with diabetes was 151 million. By 2009 it had grown by 88% to 285 million. Today, we calculate that 9.3% of adults aged 20–79 years –a staggering 463 million people – are living with diabetes. A further 1.1 million children and adolescents under the age of 20, live with type 1 diabetes.

A decade ago, in 2010, the global projection for diabetes in 2025 was 438 million. With over five years still to go, that prediction has already been surpassed by 25 million.

IDF estimates that there will be 578 million adults with diabetes by 2030, and 700 million by 2045.

The IDF Diabetes Atlas is published as a resource for those who have to make decisions about diabetes care and prevention and for those who seek to influence such decisions. It is intended as a practical tool for all diabetes stakeholders. The information contained will help you to navigate the new edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas, and to make convincing arguments for improving prevention and care for people at risk of, or already living with, diabetes.

International Diabetes Federation. IDF Diabetes Atlas, 9th edn. Brussels, Belgium: 2019. Available at: