Over the past three decades the number of people living with Diabetes Mellitus globally has more than doubled. Amongst the different types of diabetes, Type 2 is the most common form, and accounts for 90% to 95% of cases. This number is projected to rise to 439 million by 2030 (Chen, Magliano, & Zimmet, 2011).
In the United States, diabetes mellitus is becoming more and more prevalent. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that from 1980 through 2014 (Figure 1) , the number of Americans with diagnosed diabetes has increased from 5.5 million to 22.0 million, a fourfold increase. Additional statistics and information can be found at CDC Data and Statistics.
Figure 1. Number (in Millions) of Civilian, Non-Institutionalized Persons with Diagnosed Diabetes, United States, 1980-2014 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Chen, L., Magliano, D. J., & Zimmet, P. Z. (2011). The worldwide epidemiology of type 2 diabetes mellitus—present and future perspectives. Nature Reviews Endocrinology, 8(4), 228–236. doi: 10.1038/nrendo.2011.183
CDC (2016) “CDC - Number Of Persons - Diagnosed Diabetes - Data & Trends - Diabetes DDT". www.cdc.gov/diabetes/statistics/prev/national/figpersons.htm