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World Health day 2016: It is time to act globally and locally to beat diabetes in Europe

Brussels, 7 April 2016, World Health Day 2016

The burden of diabetes in the European region is truly alarming:

60 million adults are living with diabetes, over a third of whom are undiagnosed. 90% of all people with diabetes are estimated to have type 2 diabetes

32 million people are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes

Diabetes takes centre stage on World Health Day 2016

This April 7th marks World Health Day (WHD). The first World Health Assembly, held by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948, declared that WHD would be celebrated on this date from 1950 onwards. For the first time ever, WHO has chosen diabetes as its theme for WHD in 2016.

UK levy on sugar-sweetened beverages should inspire governments across Europe

Approximately 60 million Europeans are living with diabetes today, including more than 90% with type 2 diabetes, and trends are on the rise: it is estimated that by 2040, they will be 71 million, or 11% of the adult population. Our region also has the highest number of children with type 1 diabetes in the world, 140 000, with over 20 000 new cases diagnosed annually. On top of the human suffering caused by diabetes, the economic cost of the disease in the European region is estimated at 145 billion Euro annually.

World Water Day: for IDF Europe, safe drinking water should always be the most affordable option!

Brussels, 22 March 2016, World Water Day

One in ten people worldwide still lacked improved drinking water sources in 2015: that is a staggering 663 million people1! While this situation is of less concern in Europe, access to affordable drinking water remains a challenge for many citizens across our region, where the cost of bottled soft drinks is often a competitive option.

Sugar taxes and type 2 diabetes prevention: UK takes a step in the right direction

Diabetes is one of the largest global health emergencies of this century, and its life-changing complications have a disproportionate human and economic impact in our societies.

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Diabetes Voice March 2016

The March 2016 issue of Diabetes Voice, the quarterly magazine of IDF, is now available. In this issue, our contributors give voice to the diabetes crisis in numbers, and why diabetes estimates can no longer be ignored.

World Kidney Day - Diabetes and kidney disease: The International Diabetes Federation European Region (IDF Europe) joins the international awareness campaign on the importance of healthy kidneys

People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing a number of serious health problems due to consistently high blood glucose levels, amongst which kidney disease (nephropathy).

Chronic kidney disease is among the most frequent long-term complications of diabetes and its advanced stage is one of the most feared causes of reduced quality of life for people with diabetes, as it entails dialysis (blood-filtering treatment) for life, or a kidney transplant. Between 10 and 20% of people with diabetes die of kidney failure.

An online discussion on nutrition and diabetes is taking place this week in the framework of an online Citizens Engagement Campaign on Chronic Diseases

The Brussels-based European Institute for Science, Media and Democracy is currently holding an online Citizens Engagement Campaign on Chronic Diseases on “How technology and media at the service of a broad European network can support evidence-based policy making in the 21st century” through leading media in 10 European countries. IDF Europe has contributed as a knowledge partner.

World Health Day 2016: Beat Diabetes

World Health Day (WHD) is celebrated every year on April 7th. The World Health Organization (WHO) has chosen diabetes as its theme for WHD in 2016 – for the first time ever.

World Cancer Day – The International Diabetes Federation European Region (IDF Europe) stands alongside the international cancer control community in the common fight against two major non-communicable diseases

4 February 2016, World Cancer Day

Cancer and diabetes caused the death of over two million Europeans in 2015. Poor diet, lack of physical activity, tobacco smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and environmental factors such as chemical pollutants but also social isolation and stress are among the diseases’ long list of common risk factors. Furthermore, people who have diabetes are at high risk of developing certain types of cancer.

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