ADA 2002 highlights

Many interesting topics were in focus at the Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in San Francisco in June. Visitors joined the crowds at numerous symposia, multiple poster sessions, and the commercial exhibition. You will find here an overview of some notable issues discussed at this year's ADA.

A Canterbury tale: this is your life, Don Beaven

Some people have ideas; others seem driven to put them into effect. In Christchurch, New Zealand, over the last 50 years, Don Beaven has pioneered diabetes associations, diabetes centres, diabetes promotion, and diabetes guidelines, not to mention wine and olive growing. The local diabetes association, Diabetes Christchurch, recently held a 'This is Your Life' celebration of his activities and successes – Elizabeth Home reports.

Diabetes and kidney disease: a report from NephroAsia 2004

The global burden of chronic kidney failure (end stage renal disease) is primarily driven by the current parallel rise in the prevalence of diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension). Asia, which has more than 60% of the world’s population, is at the forefront of this global epidemic of diabetes and kidney disease. Juliana Chan offers some background on the current status of care for kidney disease and reports on the NephroAsia 2004 meeting in Singapore.

Thinking big to raise awareness in India: the mega diabetes show

According to World Health Organization (WHO) figures, 23 million people in India have diabetes, more than in any other country in the world. By 2025, this number is expected to increase to over 57 million. In other words, one in seven people in India will have diabetes. The increasing prevalence of diabetes seen throughout Asia is a reflection of the effects of westernization, urbanization, and mechanization, all of which are associated with a sedentary life style. Diabetes requires life-long treatment and impacts upon people's daily lives. It carries the risk of chronic complications.

International Diabetes Youth Ambassadors: dreaming, learning, doing

'Dreaming, learning, doing' is the inspirational slogan of the International Diabetes Youth Ambassadors (IDYA). As the former National Youth Advocate for the American Diabetes Association (ADA), Clare Rosenfeld received a multitude of e-mails from young people with diabetes around the world. Some asked for assistance; others for education. All of them shared a dream of one day seeing a cure for diabetes. This dream led Clare to contact Children with Diabetes (CWD), in the hope of creating a global programme to unite these young people.

First regional EMME camp for children with diabetes

Summer camps provide an opportunity for children with diabetes to learn more about their condition in a safe and caring environment. Under the supervision of a dedicated staff, an enjoyable, well-structured educational programme of activities makes for a truly worthwhile event. This article reports on the experience of the first Eastern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern (EMME) regional camp.

Virtual conferencing technology: tomorrow's world congress?

In 2006, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) will hold its 19th World Diabetes Congress. The congress will be organized from the Congress Unit located in the IDF Executive Office in Brussels. A lead time of more than 3 years seems very comfortable. However, the role of technology in the organization of congresses is growing. To properly prepare for the event, we must keep up with the latest developments and anticipate that some of them – however ridiculously far fetched they seem today – may become a reality in just a few years time.

A new Diabetes Atlas: new data, new hope

"More than 300 million people world wide are at risk of developing diabetes, and the disease's economic impact in some hard-hit countries could be higher than that of the AIDS pandemic, diabetes experts warned." Reuters, 25 August 2003. This was the thrust of an article which was read by people all over the world on the day on which the second edition of the Diabetes Atlas was launched by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).

A united stand on the diabetic foot: ISDF 2003

Too many of the nearly 200 million people in the world with diabetes suffer from diabetes-related foot complications. As a result, the impact on their quality of life is massive. The loss of a foot or part of a leg is the devastating end result of one

World Diabetes Day: a holistic approach to raising awareness

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is the focus of the principal global awareness campaign of the diabetes world. The events of 14 November widely contribute to raising awareness of the considerable human and societal costs of a health condition which, despite affecting around 200 million people around the world, is often inadequately addressed or indeed ignored. In this article, Lorenzo Piemonte reports on the growing significance of this key date in the diabetes calendar.