We are pleased to share this year's third Newsletter, which you can download here.
In this issue: 6th Youth Leadership Camp, IDF Europe Symposium at EASD 2016, IDF Europe Prizes, preparations for World Diabetes Day, EU Affairs and more.
Diabetes and cardiovascular disease: a deadly relationship
“The last 30 years have witnessed a decrease in deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD), mainly due to improved treatment of heart disease and falls in cholesterol, blood pressure and smoking. This trend is partly offset by rising obesity and type 2 diabetes, and poor adherence to lifestyle changes.”
IDF Europe saw more than 50 participants joining the discussion on new patient-centred technologies and therapies for the treatment of diabetes on the 11th Sept in Munich, Germany, as part of the pre-conference events of the annual meeting of the European Association of the Study of Diabetes (EASD).
The last decades have seen major social transformation, including increased urbanization and sedentarism, which have an impact on our lifestyle and our health. Today in Europe, 50% of the adult population is overweight, 23% is obese and 59% of Europeans never or rarely (less than once a week) exercise or play sport. Even scarier, two thirds of adolescents are insufficiently active, leading to overweight or obesity.
Since 2012, IDF Europe awards two IDF Europe Prizes in Diabetes yearly to reward excellence, innovation, and commitment in diabetes: the IDF Europe Young Researcher Award, and the IDF Europe Long-Standing Achievement Award.
These Awards aim at increasing awareness about diabetes and acknowledging outstanding individuals who are dedicated to improving the lives of people with diabetes.
At the International Diabetes Federation European Region (IDF Europe), youth living with diabetes are at the core of our activities and strategy. We are convinced that young people must play a leading role to ensure better care and a better life for people with diabetes of all ages in Europe. For example, in July 2016, 23 young people with diabetes from as many European countries took part in the annual IDF Europe Youth Leadership Camp in Agros, Cyprus.