The prevalence of diabetes has been rising in rich countries for several decades, largely driven by increases in the rate of obesity. More recently, poorer countries have begun to follow the trend, with major increases in countries like China, Mexico and India.
The study, published Monday in the British medical journal The Lancet, reported a 45 percent rise in the prevalence of diabetes worldwide from 1990 to 2013. Nearly all the rise was in Type 2, which is usually related to obesity and is the most common form of the disease.
Diabetes levels in Scotland 'at all time high'
More people in Scotland have diabetes than ever before - and the number is continuing to rise, according to figures published by a charity.
Diabetes Scotland said the number of people registered with the condition reached an all-time high of 276,000 last year.
About 17,200 of these had been newly-diagnosed, the charity said.
About 10% of the total had Type 1 diabetes, with the majority of the remainder diagnosed with Type 2.
Diabetes in Wales is rising at an alarming rate, experts warn
The number of people with diabetes in Wales has reached a record high, according to new figures released today by Diabetes UK Cymru.
The new figures, extracted from official NHS data and published at the start of Diabetes Week, show that the sharp rise in recent years is continuing with 177,212 cases recorded.
Experts say if this trend carries on, it is estimated that 288,000 people in Wales will have diabetes a decade from now.