Global Prevalence of Diabetes: Estimates for the Year 2000 and Projections for 2030

Response to Rathman and Giani

  1. Sarah H. Wild, MBBCHIR, PHD1,
  2. Gojka Roglic, MD2,
  3. Anders Green, MD, PHD, DRMEDSCI3,
  4. Richard Sicree, MBBS, MPH4 and
  5. Hilary King, MD, DSC2
  1. 1Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
  2. 2Department of Non-Communicable Diseases, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
  3. 3Department of Epidemiology and Social Medicine, University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark
  4. 4International Diabetes Institute, Caulfield, Australia
  1. Address correspondence to Dr. Sarah Wild, MBBCHIR, PhD, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG, Scotland. E-mail: sarah.wild{at}

Rathmann and Giani (1) point out that there is a greater diversity of diabetes prevalence in Europe than suggested by our recent article (2) on the global prevalence of diabetes. We agree with this point. Unfortunately, the data from their study (3) in Augsburg, Germany, had not been published when the data for our article were assembled in 2002. As described in the article, we plan to update the estimates of diabetes prevalence and will include the …

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