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Undiagnosed Diabetes: A Quiet Crisis


Diabetes is a major global health issue, yet a significant number of cases remain undetected, especially in Western countries. This underdiagnosis poses serious risks for individuals and healthcare systems alike.

Global Prevalence

According to a 2019 study, approximately 50.1% of those with diabetes are undiagnosed (Saeedi et al., 2019). This rate of undiagnosed diabetes is consistent globally, indicating that even regions with advanced healthcare systems have substantial gaps in diabetes detection.

Regional Variations

Research by Beagley et al. (2014) highlights that globally, an estimated 45.8% of adult diabetes cases are undiagnosed. The percentage varies significantly across regions, from 24.1% to 75.1%. Such disparities suggest differences in healthcare access and screening practices, even within developed countries.

The Need for Improved Screening

With their relatively well-equipped healthcare systems, Western countries are in a good position to improve diabetes diagnosis. By increasing the availability of screening programs and raising public awareness, these nations can better identify undiagnosed diabetes before it leads to more severe health issues.

Education and Prevention

It is crucial to educate the public about the importance of regular medical check-ups and to identify those at risk for diabetes. High-risk groups include individuals with a family history of diabetes, those who are overweight, and the elderly. Regular preventative measures, such as blood tests, should be encouraged during routine visits to general practitioners.


The issue of undiagnosed diabetes in Western countries represents a significant public health oversight that needs addressing. Through enhanced screening, education, and preventive healthcare, the number of undiagnosed cases can be reduced and overall health outcomes improved.


  1. Saeedi, P., Petersohn, I., Salpea, P., Malanda, B., Karuranga, S., Unwin, N., Colagiuri, S., Guariguata, L., Motala, A. A., Ogurtsova, K., Shaw, J. E., Bright, D., & Williams, R. (2019). Global and regional diabetes prevalence estimates for 2019 and projections for 2030 and 2045: results from the International Diabetes Federation Diabetes Atlas, 9th edition. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice.
  2. Beagley, J., Guariguata, L., Weil, C., & Motala, A. A. (2014). Global estimates of undiagnosed diabetes in adults. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 103(2), 150-160.
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