Diabetes headlines

Obesity quadruples to nearly one billion in developing world

The number of overweight and obese adults in the developing world has almost quadrupled to around one billion since 1980, says a report from a UK think tank.

The Overseas Development Institute said one in three people worldwide was now overweight and urged governments to do more to influence diets.

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Only 29% of Doctors Ask for Their Patients' Input

Data presented at the World Diabetes Congress revealed only 29% of diabetes patients were asked by their health care providers to offer input in making treatment plans....

But researchers also found 84% of responding health providers said it would be beneficial if patients prepared questions in advance of office visits.

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Source: Diabetes in control


Sir Michael Hirst - the future for diabetes - watching what we eat now

It's Christmas ... time for a huge meal with all the trimmings. Desserts by the table load?
But do you really want all that food ?
It could be what you eat now .. your eating habits could be your health habit in later years - diabetes.
From the banks of the Tamar River (in Launceston Tasmania), Sir Michael took a call from Belinda King.

Listen to the interview here


International sporting stars Wasim Akram, Catherine Freeman raise awareness of diabetes

 The World Diabetes Congress in Melbourne has been injected with a dose of star power, as sporting icons share their own experiences in managing the disease.

Pakistani cricket legend, Wasim Akram, was diagnosed with the type-1 diabetes in 1997.

He's told Australia Network it took him 6 months to come to terms with having diabetes.

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Source: ABC


Diabetes Ailing 114 Million Chinese Risks Ravaging Budget

Diabetes may consume $22 billion, or more than half of China’s annual health budget, if all those afflicted with the condition get routine, state-funded care.

The disease is putting an “overwhelming burden” on the country, according to the International Diabetes Federation, which says China spent $17 billion, or about $194 a patient, on diabetes last year. A study released last week found China has 114 million diabetics or 21.6 million more than the Brussels-based federation estimated in November.


Cambodian diabetics see lives transformed through peer support

Clutching identical notebooks, a group of Cambodians with diabetes queues inside a small house off a dusty railroad track in the country's capital, Phnom Penh. When they leave, their blood sugar level will be inked on their hands and in their books to indicate how well they are controlling the condition. Full article

Source: The Guardian (UK)


Government review prompts fears of restricted access to diabetes treatment

Diabetes patients, doctors and drug companies are in revolt over a government review of type 2 treatments they fear will strip them of access to some tools and medicines. More

Source: The Australian


Message from Margaret Chan: WHO Conference on Nutrition & Noncommunicable Diseases

Video message from Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization on the occassion of the WHO European Ministerial Conference on Nutrition and Noncommunicable Diseases in the Context of Health 2020.

Full transcript.

Source: WHO website


Type 1 diabetes vaccine hailed as 'significant step'

It may be possible to reverse type 1 diabetes by training a patient's own immune system to stop attacking their body, an early trial suggests.

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News source: BBC News


Diabetes Is the Price Vietnam Pays for Progress

Phu Thi Hong Thuy, a 48-year-old diabetic, had to have her leg amputated after she cut herself on a closet at home. “Sometimes I feel my leg itching — but when I look, it’s not there,” she said.