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International Diabetes Federation (IDF)

International Diabetes Federation (IDF)

International Diabetes Federation (IDF)

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organization (an association of institutions, who work together formally to coordinate activities and provide resources, identity to the smaller organizations). These 230 National Diabetes Associations are present in more than 160 countries and territories. This has led to the global diabetes community since 1950. It’s headquarter is in Brussels, Belgium. It represents the continuous growing numbers of people with diabetes. IDF’s main goal is to advance diabetes care, prevention and cure around the world.


IDF is divided into seven regions following: Africa (AFR), Europe (EUR), Middle East and North Africa (MENA), North America and Caribbean (NAC), South and Central America (SACA), South East Asia (SEA) and Western Pacific (WP) with the aim of strengthening globally national diabetes associations and enhancing them.

This federation of collaborators includes people with diabetes and their families; professionals involved in diabetes healthcare and related fields; diabetes representative organizations, which always line up with the mission of the Federation.


Activities in which the IDF contributes include advocacy and lobbying work, education for people with diabetes and their healthcare providers, public awareness and health improvement campaigns, as well as the promotion of diabetes knowledge. Such as World Diabetes Day, the primary awareness campaign of the diabetes world, marked every year on 14 November. As a result, this was initiated by United Nations Resolution 61/225 in December 2006. The term “World Diabetes Day” is an official term which was first started by the United Nations with an official holiday specified as “United Nation day”. The campaign is constituted by a blue circle, which is the universal symbol of diabetes.

IDF Deals Projects

  • The IDF World Congress, organised every two years, provides a unique and international forum to discuss. Here a wide variety of diabetes-related topics are discussed. The next IDF Congress will be held in Bangkok, Thailand between 6–9 December 2021.
  • The Diabetes Atlas, where a bound volume of unique resources discussed diabetes. Here a wide range of audiences including decision-makers, public health authorities, healthcare professionals and educators.
  • The IDF School of Diabetes, an online educational platform aimed toward working on the information and abilities of wellbeing experts working in diabetes.

Facts and figures Shown by International Diabetes Federation (IDF)

  • The latest edition of International diabetes federation (IDF) diabetes atlas shows that 1 in 11 i.e 46.3 crore adults (20-79 years) age are currently living with diabetes.
  • 1 in 2 adults with diabetes are undiagnosed, i.e. 23.2 crore people.
  • 1in 5 people with diabetes are above 65 years old, i.e.13.6 crore people.
  • 10% of global health expenditure is spent on diabetes ( 760 crore rupees)
  • 1 in 6 (2 crore) live births are affected by hyperglycemia in pregnancy, 84% of which have Gestational Diabetes
  • 3 in 4 (79%) of people with diabetes live in low and middle- income countries.
  • Over 11lakhs children and adolescents below 20 years have type 1 diabetes.
  • 1 in 13 (37.4 crore people)  between 20-79years age have impared glucose tolerance .
  • 2 in 3 people (31 crore) with diabetes live in urban areas.

Worldwide trolls of diabetes upto 2019: Source

Diabetes-Rising worldwide… and is set to rise even further

  • In 2000, the worldwide estimate of grown-ups adults living with diabetes was 15 crores.  By 2009 it had grown by 88% to 28.5 crore.
  • Today, we calculate that 9.3% of adults aged 20–79 years – a staggering 46 crore 3 lakh people – are living with diabetes.
  • A decade ago, in 2010, the global projection for diabetes in 2025 was 43 crore 8 lakh. With over five years still to go, that prediction has already been surpassed by 2.5crore.
  • IDF estimates that there will be 57 crore 8 lakh adults with diabetes by 2030, and 700 crore by 2045.

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According to IDF Age profile of diabetes People

1) Children and adolescents (aged under 20)

An estimated 11 lakhs children and adolescents have suffered from type 1 diabetes. There is also some evidence of type 2 diabetes among children and adolescents.

2) Working-age (somewhere in the range of 20 and 64 years of age)

3 in 4 people living with diabetes (35.2 crore adults) are of working age . This number is expected to increase to 41 crore 7 lakhs by 2030 and to 48 crore 6 lakhs by 2045.

3) Older people (over 65 years of age)

In 2019, people with diabetes are 11crore. 1 in 5 people in this age group is estimated to have diabetes.

It is projected that by 2030 the number of people over 65 with diabetes will further increase to 19.5crore. By 2045, it will reach 27 crore 6 lakhs. This information highlights considerable expansions in the diabetes populace of ageing societies in the next 25 years

Economical Impact Of Diabetes All Over The World

Diabetes increases the risk of early death. IDF estimates that approximately 4 crore 20 lakh adults will die as a result of diabetes and its complications in 2019. This is equivalent to1 death every 8 seconds. This affects the world economy through direct and indirect costs.


Diabetes is one of the quickest growing health challenges of the 21st century. This has increased the prevalence of diabetes worldwide is driven by a complex interplay of socioeconomic, demographic, environmental and genetic factors. The continued rise is largely due to an upsurge in type 2 diabetes and related risk factors, which include rising levels of obesity, unhealthy diets (higher calorie intake, increasing consumption of processed foods, sedentary lifestyles) and widespread physical inactivity, with the number of adults living with diabetes having more than tripled over the past 20 years.

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