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Diabetes Statistics - Global
Updated August 2007

  • According to the World Health Organization, more than 3.2 million deaths each year are attributable to diabetes. By comparison, about 500,000 deaths world-wide are caused by breast cancer.

  • It is projected that diabetes will kill 3.8 million people in 2007 - a number that is equal to those who would be killed by AIDS.

  • Diabetes affected a staggering 246 million people worldwide in 2006. Diabetes, mostly Type II, affected 5.9% of the world�s adult population with almost 80% of the total in developing countries.

  • Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, impotence and amputations.

  • Every 30 seconds, someone has a diabetes-related amputation.

  • Diabetes shortens life expectancy by five to seven years.

Sources: National Diabetes Fact Sheet of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Heath Promotion; NCHS; CDC; ADA; AACE

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