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One in Three People With Diabetes Live in Western Pacific

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 -- New estimates released by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to mark World Diabetes Day 2012 show that 132 million people or 8.5% of the population of the Western Pacific have diabetes. China remains top of the global diabetes figures, with 92.2 million people living with the disease.

By the end of the year, 1.7 million people will die from diabetes in the Western Pacific region. This is the highest number of deaths by region in the world. It is also estimated that there are still up to 77 million people in the region who still have not been diagnosed.

"The Western Pacific region is now the epicentre of the diabetes epidemic," said Yutaka Seino, Chair of IDF's Western Pacific Region, "We urgently need to see more action being taken by governments and like-minded organisations to protect our vulnerable populations."

The figures from the Western Pacific, 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, 2012 updates and country/regional factsheets: 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 fourth 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)

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organisation of over 200 national diabetes associations in over 160 countries. It represents the interests of the growing number of people with diabetes and those at risk. The Federation has been leading the global diabetes community since 1950. IDF's mission is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide. Led by the International Diabetes Federation, the Unite for Diabetes campaign secured a United Nations Resolution on diabetes in December 2006. www.idf.org

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