- According to the World Health Organization fact sheet updated on November 2009, estimated 1.1 million people died from diabetes in the year 2005.
- The actual number was likely to be much higher.
- People may live for years with diabetes and sequel of diabetes like heart disease; kidney failure etc may be recorded as cause of death.
- Almost 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries like Bangladesh.
- According to unpublished finding of Bangladesh NCD risk factor survey 2010, the prevalence of diabetes was 3.9%. Point to be noted that his survey only considered self reported diabetes with documented evidence as diabetic.
- Bangladesh urban health survey 2006 suggests that in urban area the prevalence is just double (10%) the rural area (5%).
- The present system for disease surveillance of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) is mainly hospital-based and focused on communicable diseases.
- The government of Bangladesh is providing incentive to Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation in Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders (BIRDEM) for providing diabetes health services to the population around the country.