Empowerment and self-management

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For Jeffrey, diabetes education has made all the difference

It was 32ºC in the Capital city of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic on the day I met Jeffrey, who at 28 had lived with diabetes for 14 years. It was so hot at the Plaza de la Salud General Hospital that volunteers were giving bottles of water to visitors at the front entrance. Jeffrey and I had never met when he appeared in my office and I did not know why he had come for a consultation. He was wet with sweat from the heat outside and I noticed he was not wearing shoes.

Shaping the Future of Diabetes Prevention and Education

As the new chair of the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), a joint programme of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), I am excited about the opportunity to work with NDEP in its mission to improve diabetes treatment and outcomes, promote early diagnosis, and help people prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Supporting the highs and lows of college life - interview with Christina Roth

Balancing the rigours of college life and type 1 diabetes can be tough without adequate support. Making a successful transition from home life to new independence at college is exciting but also requires a commitment to prioritize health and well-being with type 1 diabetes. Challenges may include barriers to access for medicine or healthcare services and emotional isolation.

Diabetes Voices: who is your greatest supporter?

Managing type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes is time consuming, complex, and often difficult. Diabetes burnout is reported as a common symptom, with many people feeling both overwhelmed and defeated by diabetes and frustrated by the burden of diabetes self-management.

Improving healthcare education for type 2 diabetes nutrition

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the complexity of nutrition issues in type 2 diabetes care warrants the use of a skilled and registered dietician to implement nutrition therapy into individualised diabetes management and education.1 Today, however, people with type 2 diabetes are becoming a larger part of practices of primary care clinicians, and may not always have access to a specialised nutritionist o

Diabetes Voices: How has serving the diabetes cause as a volunteer changed you?

In every series of Diabetes Voices, we present individuals from all over the world who share their perspective on life with diabetes. In this instalment, three people living with diabetes share their volunteering experience in the diabetes community and how it has changed any aspect or perspective of living with the condition.

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.

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.

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