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Diabetes in the Region

Over 35 million people have diabetes. If we do not act now, this figure will rise to 72 million by 2040

Over 40.6% of these have not been diagnosed and are at higher risk of developing harmful and costly complications

Diabetes caused 342,000 deaths in 2015

Over half (51.3%) of those deaths were in people under the age of 60

USD 17.1 billion were spent on treating diabetes in 2015. This is equivalent to approximately 15% of the total health budget. Health expenditure on diabetes in the region accounts for just 2.5% of global spending on diabetes.


Read more on diabetes in the MENA Region in the 7th edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas;


The data for the 7 regions of IDF can be downloaded at