A world-wide call to action

The scale of the problem that diabetes poses to world health is still widely under-recognized. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that if current trends continue, the number of people with diabetes will almost double; from 194 million people in 2003 to 333 million by the year 2025. Diabetes is already the most costly health-care problem in the westernized and 'westernizing' countries. This calls for improved measures to curb the human and economic burden of this chronic condition – through prevention, detection, and effective self-management. As a result of the work done by leading experts in diabetes from around the world, a call to action was made at the 2nd International Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes and Needs (DAWN) Summit: in order to improve the health and quality of life of people with diabetes, we must address the people behind the condition.
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DAWN, call to action, psycho-social care