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Trends of Prevalence of Diabetes from 1980 to 2014

on Sun, 04/17/2016 - 20:37

Prevalence of diabetes mellitus is on the rise in most countries of the World. This interactive visualization shows the prevalence of diabetes in adult population, and it helps reader to have a better idea about the magnitude of this condition worldwide. Line chart shows the trend of diabetes per country compared with the World. Initially countries are sorted by level of prevalence of diabetes, from most to least prevalent, but reader are able to sort countries by other criteria, and select by sex.


  1. NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD RisC). Trends in adult body-mass index in 200 countries from 1975 to 2014: a pooled analysis of 1698 population-based measurement studies with 19·2 million participants. The Lancet. Volume 387, No. 10026, p1377–1396, 2 April 2016. Available online (accessed 2 April, 2016)
  2. NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD RisC). Dataset: estimates of age-standardized prevalence of adult body-mass index in the world, regions, and 200 countries. Available online (accessed 2 April, 2016) 
  3. NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD RisC). Worldwide trends in diabetes since 1980: a pooled analysis of 751 population-based studies with 4·4 million participants. The Lancet. Volume 387, No. 10027, p1513–1530, 9 April 2016. Available online (accessed 9 April, 2016)
  4. NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD RisC). Dataset: estimates of age-standardized prevalence of diabetes in the world, regions, and 200 countries. Available online (accessed 9 April, 2016) 


Stanie GAETE's picture

Very interresting!
But why there is no graphic for the French west Indies?

Gundu H.R. Rao's picture

NCD Risk Forum has done a marvelous job of compiling a massive data on the prevalence of age adjusted adult onset diabetes. Take home message is that no country had significant decrease in age adjusted prevalence or increase in diabetes. Glucose reduction with lifestyle modifications and early drug therapy in people with diabetes seems to be the "Mantra" for the management of this metabolic disease. Efforts to reduce the global health and economic burden of diabetes should emphasize prevention of diabetes or its delaying its onset, through enhancing healthy behaviors and diets at the population level and early detection and better management of high-risk individuals. In a country like India which probably has the highest incidence of diabetics, there are hardly any plans for primary prevention, early detection of the risks or for the management of at-risk patients. India lacks a National Platform to address these issues. It lacks the political gut , determination and resources to undertake such a huge responsibility. Therefore, as author have found out by their analysis, this trend will continue to grow to an epidemic.

Eifa Syed's picture

I would really Appreciate your work. It was the need of time! Thank You for sharing with us this useful piece of information, Good Work!I hope you would be coming up with such information with different chronic diseases as well.

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