The new IDF Europe Quarterly newsletter is here! In this special World Diabetes Day issue, you will find out about all the activities organized throughout Europe to celebrate this very special date for people living with diabetes.
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From Chennai to Copenhagen, Delhi to Doha, Mumbai to Melbourne the world once again came together on 14 November to raise awareness of the ever-increasing threat posed by the diabetes epidemic in every part of the world, and to help bring about improvements to the lives of the 371 million people currently affected by diabetes.
Obesity and lack of physical activity are important risk factors in the onset of type 2 diabetes. As the diabetes epidemic escalates, with 55 million people living with diabetes in Europe, a healthy attitude towards food and physical activity is imperative.
Rising tide of diabetes in Europe reinforces need for prevention and education
New estimates indicate that 55 million of the European adult population will have diabetes by the end of 2012, compared to 53 million last year. The figures, released by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) today to mark World Diabetes Day 2012, also indicate that at least 21.2 million people in Europe are yet to be diagnosed.
In a major breakthrough at the World Health Organisation (WHO) this week, governments agreed an aspirational set of targets to drive progress on diabetes and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including the first ever global target to halt the rise of diabetes. On the 7 November 2012, after lengthy negotiations in Geneva, governments agreed a Global Monitoring Framework including 9 global targets and 25 indicators on diabetes and NCDs.