Diabetes in MENA

  • MENA prevalence image35 million adults (18-99) are living with diabetes in the IDF MENA Region — 1 in 11 adults. This figure is estimated to increase to 84 million by 2045.
  • The prevalence of diabetes in the IDF MENA Region is 9.2% — the second highest of all IDF regions. 
  • Half of people living with diabetes (49%) in the IDF MENA Region are undiagnosed.
  • Diabetes was responsible for 373,000 deaths in the IDF MENA Region in 2017. 
  • 1 in 5 live births in the IDF MENA Region are affected by hyperglycaemia in pregnancy.
  • USD 20.5 billion was spent on healthcare for people with diabetes in 2017. This figure is estimated to increase by 81% by 2045.
MENA at a glance


Source: IDF Diabetes Atlas 8th Edition 2017

Diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD)

TDH news picPeople with diabetes are at increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD). CVD is a major cause of death and disability in people with diabetes, and a barrier to sustainable development.

In 2017, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), in partnership with Novo Nordisk, initiated the Taking Diabetes to Heart study to assess knowledge and awareness of CVD among people with type 2 diabetes. Data was collected between September 2017 and May 2018 through an online questionnaire in 32 languages. A total of 12,695 participants from 133 countries across all seven IDF regions took part in the study. The questionnaire comprised 17 questions divided into the following sections: demographics; CVD risk knowledge; CVD risk awareness; education on CVD by health professionals; and CVD information sources.

641 responses were received from the IDF MENA Region. Download the findings (pdf).

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