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Question #806

Nov 6, 2015

Federal Assistant Health Minister Ken Wyatt from the IDF says that “if diabetes diagnosed and undiagnosed was a country, it would be the ___th largest country in the world.”

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The ten countries with the largest population in the world are China, India, United States, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Russia and Japan.

If diabetes were a country how big would it be?

If those with diagnosed diabetes and undiagnosed diabetes were a country, which country’s population would it be closest to?



The Answer: #3 The United States

According to the not-for-profit International Diabetes Federation (IDF), there were 387 million people with diabetes in the world in 2013. Its figure was arrived at by searching for country prevalence studies in the PubMed, Medline and Google Scholar databases, as well as reviewing national health surveys from governments and non-government organizations from January 1980 to April 2013.

When no studies were available for a particular country, studies from similar countries in the region, with similar wealth and ethnicity, were used.

The 387 million people with diabetes identified by the IDF includes a global estimate of people with undiagnosed diabetes of 179 million, or 46 percent of the total number.

That means there are an estimated 208 million people with diagnosed diabetes in the world.

The IDF study notes that factors such as under-performing health systems, low awareness and the often slow onset or progression of type 2 diabetes means the condition can remain undiagnosed. Undiagnosed diabetes numbers were taken from population studies where people were asked whether they had diabetes.