The rising prevalence of diabetes in Asia demands effective strategies to combat and relieve the burden to health posed by this condition – now described as an epidemic. To this end, for the past 5 years the Diabetes in Asia conferences have brought together experts in diabetes-related fields, such as nutrition, nursing, education and endocrinology. These meetings serve to elevate the awareness of diabetes in Asia, promote preventative measures, and improve diabetes care. The fifth Diabetes in Asia conference was held in Karachi, Pakistan this year. Supported by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and World Health Organization (WHO), the conference provided a forum for lectures, discussions and workshops which contributed to the development of diabetes guidelines and the Karachi and Colombo Declarations. Fatema Jawad reports.
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