Diabetes Mellitus in South Africa

Diabetes Mellitus in South Africa
According to the latest WHO data published in 2017.

  • Number of deaths: 31,831 (6.35%)
  • Death Rate (Deaths per 100,000 population): 86.02
  • Cause of death world rank: 13.
  • Diabetes Mellitus, listed as the underlying cause of death, accounts for nearly 31,831 deaths in South Africa. That’s about 1 of every 16 deaths in South Africa.
  • About 88 people die of Diabetes Mellitus each day, an average of 1 death every 17 minutes.

Demographic Summary

Value World Rank
Population total 54,841,552 25
Sex ratio m / f 0.98 106
Population 0-14 28.3% 78
Population 15-64 66.1% 80
Population 65 + 5.7% 106

Diabetes Mellitus


per 100,000 population LOW HIGH
Country Rate
1 Fiji Fiji 187.90
2 Mauritius Mauritius 167.64
3 Trinidad/Tob. Trinidad/Tob. 126.34
5 Belize Belize 117.02
8 Guyana Guyana 98.82
9 Bahrain Bahrain 97.87
10 Equ. Guinea Equ. Guinea 95.77
12 Mexico Mexico 88.93
13 South Africa South Africa 86.02
14 Solomon Isl. Solomon Isl. 84.41
16 Swaziland Swaziland 81.81
18 Jamaica Jamaica 81.22
19 New Guinea New Guinea 77.66
20 Morocco Morocco 73.52
21 Tunisia Tunisia 72.23
22 Qatar Qatar 71.59
23 Guatemala Guatemala 70.71
24 Botswana Botswana 66.64
26 Lesotho Lesotho 63.57
28 Barbados Barbados 59.51
29 Venezuela Venezuela 56.83
30 Brunei Brunei 56.80
31 Angola Angola 55.71
32 Indonesia Indonesia 53.33
33 Namibia Namibia 52.77
35 Gabon Gabon 52.63
Health Data used is WHO 2014, 2017 updates, World Bank and the United Nations for population.
We do not guarantee the accuracy of this data.