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.
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.
Member of European Parliament Simon Busuttil was awarded the 2012 MEP of the Year Award in the Health category for his continuous and successful efforts to put diabetes on the EU agenda.
The award was presented by EU Commissioner Maros Sefcovic at a ceremony in Brussels yesterday evening in recognition of Simon Busuttil’s work in the European Parliament to improve the lives of people living with diabetes in Europe.
João Manuel Valente Nabais has taken over as IDF Europe President on 23 September 2012 in Lisbon.
The new President officially took over from Chris Delicata during the IDF Europe General Assembly and Together We Are Stronger Meetings which took place in the Portuguese capital from 21 to 23 September. After 9 years of services for IDF Europe, Chris Delicata will join the Board of IDF Global as Vice President as from January 2012.
IDF Europe was in Lausanne, Switzerland, to support the Junior Cup Diabetes, an annual international football championship for young boys and girls with Type 1 diabetes aged between 8 and 12 organized by Medtronic. Held from 24 to 26 August 2012 in the olympic stadium of Lausanne, this year's championship was supported by former football World Champion Christian Karembeu.