Diabetes and ageing: hand-in-hand

April 7 marks the WHO World Health Day with a focus on healthy ageing.

On April 3, Jean Claude Mbanya, President of IDF addressed the World Health Day Forum, in Melbourne, on the opportunities and challenges facing our ageing population.

"We are now living in what has been heralded ‘the century of ageing’, with life expectancy soaring worldwide.

In 1950, when IDF was founded, the average life expectancy was 48 years old. Today, it reaches nearly 70.

And in 2030, we will witness an extraordinary moment in human history when the number of people over 60 will outnumber those under 15 for the first time. But as the age of populations increase, so too do their risk of type 2 diabetes."

To read the full speech, click here.