This year, the theme of World Diabetes Day is ”Women and Diabetes – Our Right to a Healthy Future,” advocating for affordable and equal access for all women at risk for and living with diabetes to the essential medicines, technologies, self-management education and information they need to achieve optimal health outcomes and prevent type 2 diabetes.

FOR PEOPLE WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES, EFFECTIVE BLOOD SUGAR CONTROL IS ESSENTIAL TO AVOID LONG TERM HEALTH COMPLICATIONS, INCLUDING:


HEART DISEASE

STROKE
 

KIDNEY FAILURE

BLINDNESS
 

NERVE PROBLEMS

LOWER LIMB
AMPUTATION

~ 425
MILLION

90%
TYPE 2 DIABETES

Diabetes is a chronic and progressive disease that affects approximately 425 million adults worldwide and is considered one of the most challenging health problems of the 21st century. In fact, almost 200 million women are living with diabetes worldwide – that’s one in every 10 women. Type 2 diabetes accounts for approximately 90% of all diabetes cases.

Diabetes imposes a significant economic burden on national health systems, government and individuals.



Recognizing the challenges of living with diabetes, MSD is a proud supporter of World Diabetes Day and is dedicated to empowering patients and advocating to help them live healthier lives with diabetes. We are deeply committed to diabetes and will continue to collaborate with academic and industry partners to help advance the care of patients with diabetes, and to research and develop innovative treatment options.