News from IDF Europe

World Obesity Day 2016: IF YOU KNEW….

Brussels, 11 October 2016, World Obesity Day


If you knew that one in three 11-year olds in Europe was physically in danger, you would be shocked, right?

Living with Diabetes: I can do it!

As the EU FP7 Project Manage Care has officially ended in May 2016, a key task of IDF Europe has been to disseminate the deliverables resulted from the study including a patient empowerment booklet:

Living with Diabetes: I can do it!

New resource for elderly people with diabetes available in 10 languages


Power your life: Adopt simple measures to prevent diabetes and cardiovascular disease

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.” [1]

IDF Europe Symposium at EASD 2016: New Technologies and Therapies in Diabetes improving Patient Quality of Life

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).

Move more, live longer: IDF Europe supports the European week of sport 2016

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[1] 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.

Shake your body!

IDF Europe to deliver an oral statement during WHO EURO Regional Committee 66

IDF Europe prizes in diabetes- Deadline for application: 20 September

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.

Healthy youth are key to achieve sustainable development

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[1].

"Diabetes: so what?" remembering Wim Wientjens (1937-2016)

It is with great sadness that we have learned that IDF Europe former President (2003 – 2006) Dr Wim Wientjens passed away on 28 July. On behalf of the whole European diabetes community, we would like to express our deepest condolences to his family and to the staff and volunteers of the Diabetesvereniging Nederland in which he was actively involved from 1993 to 2005.

DiaEuro 2016

DiaEuro, the International Futsal Championship for players with diabetes took place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina between 24-31st July. After 7 days of intense competitions between 300 players from 16 participating countries, the Champion is born! The hosting country of the tournament Bosnia and Herzegovina became the winner of DiaEuro 2016 in the final against Hungary. 3rd and 4th place were taken by Russia and Ukraine.