Current Diabetes Statistics in the Philippines
According to the International Diabetes Federation or IDF, the prevalence rate of diabetes in Filipino adults is approximately 6.3%. That means that out of 63 million adults in our country, almost 4 million have diabetes.
But, even with these high figures, there could be more undocumented diabetes cases in the Philippines. After all, the IDF didn’t include younger people in their data, and they didn’t take pre-diabetes into consideration.
What’s even more alarming is that in a 2016 report, the World Health Organization announced that 6% of all deaths in the Philippines occurred due to diabetes.
The Cases of Diabetes in the Philippines is on the Rise
While it’s difficult to establish precisely how the prevalence rate of DM has been increasing through the years, some diabetes statistics in the Philippines can still give us a clear picture.
For instance, a 9-year cohort study from 1998 to 2009 showed an “alarming growth of diabetes” in our country.
Additionally, in the 7th National Nutrition and Health Survey (NNHS) of 2008, the researchers found out that the prevalence rate of diabetes in our country was 4.8%. Five years later, in the 8th NNHS, the prevalence rate increased by 0.6%.
Suffice to say, Filipino doctors agree that the cases of diabetes in our country are steadily on the rise and that we need more aggressive measures for management and prevention.
The Risk Factors of Diabetes in the Philippines
Based on2016 data, the World Health Organization reported that the related risk factors for diabetes in the Philippines are being overweight, obesity, and physical inactivity. The same WHO report shows that:
- 3% of Filipinos are overweight, while 4.7% are obese.
- 7% of Filipinos are physically inactive
Additionally, The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), in their 2018 Expanded National Nutrition Survey (ENNS), also said the prevalence rates of adult overweight and obesity are 28.8% and 9.8%, respectively. Although the researchers only surveyed 8 Metro Manila cities, they indicated that these figures are already “at a national level.”