BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2012) - There are now 70 million people with diabetes in South East Asia and this number is expected to increase by 2030 to 121 million, according to new estimates from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) today to mark World Diabetes Day. One in four of all diabetes deaths occur in South East Asia and it is estimated that by the end of 2012, 1.1 million people will have died from the disease.
After India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have the highest cases of diabetes, whilst Mauritius has the highest prevalence at 14.8%. IDF estimates that India alone has 63 million people living with diabetes and is only second to China in terms of global diabetes cases.
"We must do all we can to protect our region from this devastating epidemic" said Veenoo Basant Rai, Chair-Elect of IDF's South-East Asia region "India is obviously a large concern but we still need to keep an eye on the smaller countries such as Mauritius".
The figures from South East Asia, which form part of IDF's Diabetes Atlas 2012 Update, echo the shocking increase in diabetes on a global level. The number of people globally living with diabetes in 2012 has risen to 371 million, compared to 366 million in 2011.
"In every country and in every community worldwide, we are losing the battle against this cruel and deadly disease" said Jean Claude Mbanya, President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). "On World Diabetes Day, we want to raise awareness that with the right education and care this disease can be controlled and in some cases prevented".
"Millions of people are dying from diabetes in their most productive years" added Ann Keeling, CEO of IDF. "The stability of societies is threatened and huge economic and political burdens are imposed on countries and communities. However this disease remains marginalised on the global health and development agenda and vastly under-resourced".
It is hoped that campaigns such as today's World Diabetes Day will continue to raise the voice of people with diabetes and to encourage all stakeholders to move from advocacy to action on a regional and global scale.
For more information on the 5th edition Diabetes Atlas and country-by-country statistics visit: http://www.idf.org/diabetesatlas/
About World Diabetes Day
World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14. The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations. It engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness. World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2007 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public spotlight. This year sees the third of a five-year campaign that will address the growing need for diabetes education and prevention programmes. www.worlddiabetesday.org
About the International Diabetes Federation (IDF)
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