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Sir Michael Hirst, Persident IDF (2013-2015):

Building bridges for diabetes prevention and treatment

Linda Siminerio, Diabetes Voice Guest Editor:

IDF and BRIDGES span the globe to tackle diabetes

Translational research helps to apply successful outcomes from basic science into practical real-life applications in communities. Today, this type of research is gaining widespread attention in the prevention and treatment of diabetes.

Schools open doors to lifestyle lessons in Tunisia


An epidemiological transition is occurring in Tunisia. Prevalence of diabetes has increased from 2.3% in 1977 to 6.4% in 1990 and reached 10 to 15% in 2000. Increased diabetes prevalence is rising hand-in-hand with obesity, which represents an important risk factor of type 2 diabetes.

Reducing diabetes risk after gestational diabetes

Primary prevention of type 2 diabetes has been shown to be effective in many parts of the world. It has been years since important studies affirmed that preventative measures such as moderate weight loss, moderate physical activity and low-fat, high fibre food choices can help offset impaired glucose tolerance from progressing to a case of  type 2 diabetes.1,2

Lifestyle intervention eases battle with diabetes

Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in Southeast Asia with a population exceeding 180 million. Today, diabetes prevalence in Pakistan is estimated to be 6.8%.1 In 2010, a World Bank report warned that Pakistan is facing a health crisis, with rising rates of diabetes, obesity, heart disease obesity and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Motivating better diabetes self-care with SMS text messaging

Good self-management is crucial for experiencing a healthy life with diabetes. Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) and Diabetes Self-Management Support (DSMS) activities provide a process for people living with diabetes to gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify their behaviour. DSME and DSMS also help people with diabetes self-manage the disease and related conditions.

Integrated efforts key for optimal diabetes care in China

The prevalence of diabetes is estimated to be 11.6% in the Chinese adult population, which represents up to 113.9 million Chinese adults with diabetes or a third of the world’s diabetes population. The prevalence of diabetes is higher in older age groups, in urban residents and in persons living in economically developed regions.

Professional workshops help fill gaps in diabetes self-management

More than seven million people have diabetes in Brazil, the fifth largest country in the world. Prevalence of diabetes in 2013 exceeded 9% and it is estimated that diabetes is responsible for more than 80,000 deaths each year.1 The increase in life expectancy of the global population, combined with a poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle are contributing to higher rates of type 2 diabetes and Brazil is no exception.


Education to change the course of diabetes in the Caribbean

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that over 382 million people currently live with diabetes globally. This accounts for 11% of the adult population and is projected to increase to near 592 million by 2035. The data reveals that over 80% of persons living with diabetes are from developing countries.

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