Official Statement

ADA Statement on the IDF Diabetes Atlas Global Impact Report

November 2, 2021 | Arlington, Virginia

The American Diabetes Association® (ADA) today released the following statement in reaction to the release of the International Diabetes Federation's (IDF) report showing a dramatic increase in the number of people worldwide who've been diagnosed with diabetes.  

“This data is devastating. We've been watching the steady increase in diabetes globally, and it should be a call to action for everyone. This is a public health epidemic that's been ignored for far too long. Alarming data such as 73.6 million more adults with diabetes since the onset of the pandemic, we need to take American Diabetes Month seriously and take the steps to improve our health. Inaction is no longer an option.” – Dr. Robert Gabbay, Chief Scientific and Medical Officer for the American Diabetes Association

The ADA will continue to do our part in order to bend the curve on this diabetes epidemic through research, education, programming, and resources to improve everyone’s overall health.  

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About the American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization fighting to bend the curve on the diabetes epidemic and help people living with diabetes thrive. For 81 years the ADA has driven discovery and research to treat, manage, and prevent diabetes while working relentlessly for a cure. Through advocacy, program development, and education we aim to improve the quality of life for the nearly 122 million Americans living with diabetes or prediabetes. Diabetes has brought us together. What we do next will make us Connected for Life. To learn more or to get involved, visit us at or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Join the fight with us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Spanish Facebook (Asociación Americana de la Diabetes), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).