Diabetes in Africa

Last update: 14/12/2021
  • 24 million adults (20-79) are living with diabetes in the IDF Africa Region in 2021. This figure is estimated to increase to 33 million by 2030 and 55 million by 2045.
  • 52 million adults (20-79) in the IDF Africa Region have Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT) which places them at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This figures is estimated to reach 71 million by 2030 and 117 million by 2045.
  • 13 million adults living with diabetes in the IDF Africa Region are undiagnosed - 54% of the total number of adults with diabetes in the region.
  • Diabetes is responsible for 416,000 deaths in the IDF Africa Region in 2021.
  • 1 in 8 live births in the IDF Africa Region are affected by hyperglycaemia in pregnancy.
  • USD 13 billion was spent on healthcare for people with diabetes in 2021 - 1% of the total global expenditure on diabetes.

Source: IDF Diabetes Atlas 10th Edition 2021

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