Diabetes prevalence (% of population ages 20 to 79) - Country Ranking - Middle East

Definition: Diabetes prevalence refers to the percentage of people ages 20-79 who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

Source: International Diabetes Federation, Diabetes Atlas.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Saudi Arabia 17.72 2017
2 United Arab Emirates 17.26 2017
3 Bahrain 16.52 2017
3 Qatar 16.52 2017
5 Kuwait 15.84 2017
6 Lebanon 12.71 2017
7 Oman 12.61 2017
8 Turkey 12.13 2017
9 Jordan 11.75 2017
10 Afghanistan 9.59 2017
10 Iran 9.59 2017
12 Iraq 8.83 2017
13 Pakistan 8.35 2017
14 Syrian Arab Republic 8.23 2017
15 Uzbekistan 7.57 2017
16 Tajikistan 7.11 2017
16 Turkmenistan 7.11 2017
16 Kyrgyz Republic 7.11 2017
19 Israel 6.74 2017
20 Yemen 5.35 2017

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Development Relevance: Diabetes, an important cause of ill health and a risk factor for other diseases in developed countries, is spreading rapidly in developing countries. Highest among the elderly, prevalence rates are rising among younger and productive populations in developing countries. Economic development has led to the spread of Western lifestyles and diet to developing countries, resulting in a substantial increase in diabetes. Without effective prevention and control programs, diabetes will likely continue to increase.

Limitations and Exceptions: The limited availability of data on health status is a major constraint in assessing the health situation in developing countries. Surveillance data are lacking for many major public health concerns. Estimates of prevalence and incidence are available for some diseases but are often unreliable and incomplete. National health authorities differ widely in capacity and willingness to collect or report information.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual