India has an estimated 77 million people with diabetes, though China leads the global list with 116 million diabetics.
Globally, over 425 million people are currently living with diabetes. 1 in 2 people currently living with diabetes is undiagnosed. Most of these cases are type 2 diabetes, which is largely preventable through regular physical activity, a healthy and balanced diet, and the promotion of healthy living environments. Families have a key role to play in addressing the modifiable risk factors for type 2 diabetes and must be provided with the education, resources and environments to live a healthy lifestyle.
The reports say that less than 1 in 4 family members have access to diabetes education programmes. Family support in diabetes care has been shown to have a substantial effect in improving health outcomes for people with diabetes.
As far as India is concerned, one in six people with diabetes in the world is from India. It is estimated that over 134 million Indians will be diabetics in the next 25 years.
The estimates are that 10% of global health expenditure is being spent on diabetes.