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Below is a list of position statements, and a brief description of the topic, issued by the International Diabetes Federation. The full texts of the position statements are available at the website addresses in the list.
Insulins are now available in different molecular forms, some because of species differences and some by design through molecular engineering. There is no overwhelming evidence to prefer one species of insulin over another and patients should not be changed from one species of insulin to another without reason.
People with diabetes are two to six times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than people without diabetes. IDF recognizes the magnitude of this problem and strongly encourages all possible collaborative measures aimed at controlling the problem.
Kidney disease caused by diabetes is the commonest cause worldwide of kidney failure requiring treatment by dialysis or kidney transplantation. Early kidney damage can be detected by simple urine testing. The risk of kidney failure, and the rate at which it develops, can be reduced by good blood glucose and blood pressure control.
Obesity and diabetes currently threaten the health, well-being and economic welfare of virtually every country in the world. IDF encourages those with responsibility for the provision of healthcare services to guarantee that all steps are taken to ensure that preventive measures are met.
Tobacco is harmful to health and is of particular danger to people with diabetes. Smoking cessation has immediate positive effects, however it is made difficult by tobacco dependence and by all forms of advertising and promotion used by the tobacco industry.
Diabetes is a complex, chronic condition that affects all areas of a person’s life and that requires high quality care. To this end, diabetes education is of critical importance and should be considered an integral part of diabetes prevention and care.
Statement made jointly by the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) on behalf of the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO), the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the World Heart Federation (WHF), the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS) and the International Pediatric Association (IPA).
People with diabetes are at risk of nerve damage (neuropathy) and problems with the blood supply to their feet (ischaemia). Both neuropathy and ischaemia can lead to foot ulcers and slow-healing wounds which, if they get infected, may result in amputation. IDF recommends that every individual with diabetes receive the best possible foot care.
IDF is concerned about the situation of children with diabetes, especially in their school environment. IDF holds the position that children and adolescents must be able to manage their diabetes in the school setting without being excluded or discriminated.
Diabetes is a complex disorder that requires vigilant monitoring on a long-term continuous basis by the person with diabetes and their family to achieve optimal control in an effort to avoid the serious complications of diabetes.
The prevalence of type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents is growing worldwide, and mirrors the increase of the condition in adults. IDF recommends that provisions be made to deliver the best possible care, prevent long-term complications, and promote further research in order to reach a better understanding of the condition.