and generated $573 billion in healthcare expenditure. Diabetes not only threatens individuals, but is potentially one of the greatest barriers to sustainable social and economic development.
However, a significant proportion of the human and economic impact of diabetes could be prevented.
The International Diabetes Federation and Parliamentarians for Diabetes Global Network have been joined by representatives from national parliaments and diabetes associations in asking G20 leaders to:
- Adopt fiscal policies on unhealthy food, which could prevent the type 2 diabetes epidemic from growing;
- Dedicate the revenues from those measures to improve the healthcare for people with diabetes and those at risk, including primary prevention, early diagnosis and optimal management.