According to new data released on Friday, the global diabetes population will more than double to 1.3 billion by 2050, owing to structural racism and significant disparities between countries.
According to the most thorough worldwide data analysis projecting out to 2050, every country would see a rise in the number of chronic disease patients.
Diabetes, one of the top ten causes of mortality and disability, is projected to affect 529 million people worldwide.
According to a study published in the Lancet magazine, that figure — 95% of which are cases of type 2 diabetes — will exceed 1.3 billion in less than three decades.
High BMI – an indicator of potential obesity — was associated to more than half of diabetes-related deaths and disability.
Other factors included people’s diets, exercise, smoking and alcohol.
One aspect, according to Liane Ong, lead research scientist at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and first author of one of the studies, was how diets have altered.