News from IDF Europe

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.

405 MEPs sign Written Declaration 0008/2016!

The International Diabetes Federation European Region (IDF Europe) welcomes Written declaration 0008/2016 on diabetes for adoption by the European Parliament.

IDF Europe releases position paper on added sugar

On the occasion of the European Commission meeting “Towards better prevention and management of chronic diseases” (21 April), IDF Europe is pleased to release its position on added sugar. This is a topic of great relevance for diabetes currently being debated at EU level.

To download the position paper please click here.

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

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.

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 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.

International Migrants Day - diabetes as a social, economic and health concern

The International Diabetes Federation European Region (IDF Europe) expresses its solidarity with migrants and the many challenges they face across Europe.

IDF Europe warmly welcomes initiatives recognising both the opportunities and challenges related to migration, such as the UN Declaration on International Migration and Development of October 2013 and the important work of the Council of Europe in this area. In this respect IDF Europe would like to highlight the serious problems faced by migrants in the area of health, diabetes in particular.

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