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Food policy update – The Council of European Ministries of Health adopts Conclusions on Food Product Improvement

On the 17th June, 2016, the Council of European Ministries of Health led by the Dutch Presidency holders adopted a set of recommendations aimed at making healthy food choices more available to everyone in Europe. The Conclusions take the positive step of recognising the burden of overweight and obesity among children which is a serious cause for concern, and the role of nutrition, alongside other lifestyle related matters.

IDF Europe celebrates fathers around Europe

IDF Europe celebrates fathers around Europe

In 2016, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of an injection of “an aqueous pancreatic extract” into a diabetic dog by Dr. Nicolae Paulescu, and the 95th anniversary of the initial experiments for the discovery of insulin by Dr. Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles Best, the fathers of insulin. Through education, daily commitment and perseverance they made, together with their team at the University of Toronto, a tremendous difference in the lives of millions of people with diabetes.

Diabetes Voice June 2016

The June 2016 issue of Diabetes Voice focuses on the the rise in people living with diabetes worldwide and the price we are all paying for diabetes prevention, care and treatment, directly and indirectly. 

World No Tobacco Day, 31 May

IDF Europe stands alongside the European Chronic Disease Alliance (ECDA) to urge European Member States to step up their efforts to reduce tobacco use to prevent smoking-related chronic diseases. read more


The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) just launched the 2016 European Guidelines on cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention in clinical practice

New guidelines propose that surgery be considered a standard treatment option for type 2 diabetes

Press release

Brussels, Belgium (May 24 2016)- New clinical guidelines published today and endorsed by leading international diabetes organisations, including the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), call for bariatric surgery, involving the manipulation of the stomach or intestine, to be considered a standard treatment option for type 2 diabetes.

World Diabetes Day 2016: Eyes on Diabetes

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has launched the World Diabetes Day (WDD) 2016 campaign under the theme Eyes on Diabetes. The year’s activities and materials will focus on promoting two key messages:

We cannot get any heavier! IDF Europe calls to prevent and treat obesity to help stop the rise of type 2 diabetes in Europe

Brussels, 21 May 2016, European Obesity Day

Urbanisation, sedentarism at home and the workplace, unequal and reduced levels of physical activity[1]: the last decades have seen major social transformations in Europe, which have an impact on our way of life and our health. We have never been so physically inactive.

Guidelines for conducting Diabetes Camp Activities in a less-resourced Country

The IDF Life for a Child (LFAC) Programme encourages the diabetes centres in countries it supports to conduct camps or activity days for children and young people with diabetes.

To this end LFAC, in collaboration with the Diabetes Education and Camping Association (DECA), has developed Guidelines for conducting diabetes camp activities in a less-resourced country.

"Camp" is a term that includes not only overnight stays, but also activity days, support meetings, and get-togethers for children, adolescents and young adults with diabetes and their families.

Mother's Day 2016 - Mothers are heros! Let's keep them strong.

 “Communities and countries, and ultimately the world are only as strong as the health of their women[1]”. One in 11 European adult women lives with diabetes today. Many more are at high risk, and gestational diabetes is increasing.  Over 140.000 children have type 1 diabetes in the European region and 21.600 more are diagnosed each year, thus also impacting the life of their mothers. Women should be the first to be protected against the diabetes pandemic.

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