Fact check: If diabetes were a country how big would it be?
Federal Assistant Minister for Health Ken Wyatt claims diabetes is a growing and global issue.
"If I could just give you one stat: if diabetes was a country it would be the fifth largest country in the world. That's how many people across the globe are affected and so there is much work we've got to do," he said on ABC TV's Q&A on October 12.
So just how many people around the world have diabetes?
ABC Fact Check takes a look.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas can no longer produce enough insulin or when the body is unable to make good use of insulin.
The resulting high blood glucose levels cause damage in other organs and lead to heart attacks, strokes, blindness, kidney damage and amputations.
In Australia, 1.176 million people are registered with the National Diabetes Services Scheme, which helps people with diabetes manage their condition.
Diabetes Australia, a non-profit organisation that works to reduce the impact of the disease, estimates that another 500,000 Australians have diabetes but have not been diagnosed.
According to the not-for-profit International Diabetes Federation (IDF), there were 387 million people with diabetes in the world in 2013.
Its figure was arrived at by searching for country prevalence studies in the PubMed, Medline and Google Scholar databases, as well as reviewing national health surveys from governments and non-government organisations from January 1980 to April 2013.
When no studies were available for a particular country, studies from similar countries in the region, with similar wealth and ethnicity, were used.