Celebrating 100 Years of Insulin

Published April 16, 2021

IHME celebrates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin, a health innovation that has saved millions lives worldwide. 

In this video, Research Scientist Dr. Liane Ong on IHME's Global Burden of Disease: Diabetes Estimation team briefly explains findings from GBD 2019.


In GBD 2019, IHME estimated that there approximately 460 million people in the world with diabetes. The rate of diabetes has increased in every region of the world and nearly 50-percent globally since 1990. This increase is driven by type 2 diabetes. This is not surprising, as we also see rising rates of obesity throughout the world, which is a major risk factor of diabetes. We expect to see this increase continue in GBD 2020, and no clear evidence that it will change any time soon.