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Understanding the complex nature of diabetes

Incidence. Prevalence. Risk factors. Outcomes. We hear these words frequently in relation to diabetes and their impact on our world, but are we learning how certain patterns, and trends are associated with the global diabetes epidemic? Are we able to see the big picture, which now totals more than 371 million people living with diabetes worldwide?

Diversity, debate and new directions

Targeting today’s most contemporary issues, the Basic and Clinical Science Stream may provide this year’s Congress with the biggest buzz, especially in areas of obesity, diabetes complications and new treatment strategies. A range of provocative topics including debates about driving type 2 diabetes prevention and bariatric surgery will be presented. Noteworthy speakers will discuss new treatment options for both types of diabetes and present the latest results of clinical trials. Mark Cooper and Sophia Zoungas talk about the exciting programme this year.


Breaking down barriers and living your dreams ... with diabetes

João Valente Nabais, President of the IDF European Region and development lead for the Living with Diabetes Stream, is passionate about the 2013 Melbourne programme. Living with type 1 diabetes since 1981, João has been an active diabetes advocate ever since his youth. This year, LWD delivers a unique opportunity for people to become inspired and work on realising dreams.

Why health matters to human development

Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme, reflects on the development agenda post-2015 and explains how better prevention and care of Non-communicable Diseases fit into her vision for a broader development goal thereby decreasing the threat NCDs pose to progress.

Healthy Cities report

In our first Healthy Cities report, Diabetes Voice highlights municipal and national governing policies that are trailblazing new directions for human health.  

The influence of social media on diabetes treatment and self-care

Technological advances in communication promote the idea of a global village, expanding and extending the power of the individual to ‘be’ anywhere at any time, facilitating instantaneous strong bonds between people worldwide. Here, the author looks at the power of social media as a key to accessing collective knowledge and, ultimately, helping to improve diabetes care and self-management.


A look ‘upstream’ to Melbourne

In the next few issues, Diabetes Voice will be providing advance information, to whet your appetite, about the programme for the World Diabetes Congress 2013, which will take place in Melbourne, Australia, between 2 and 6 December this year. Over the coming months, the Congress Stream leaders, who are listed below, will provide a sneak preview of the contents of their programmes.

The Scientific Programme for the Congress consists of seven Streams, which include the ‘traditional’ ones:
•    Basic and Clinical Science (Professor Mark Cooper)

The impact of diabetes in Indigenous people – putting and end to harm on harm

Indigenous communities represent almost 5% of the world’s population – nearly 400 million people. Increasing international interest in the health and socio-political needs of Indigenous peoples was reflected in the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Therein lies recognition that Indigenous people represent some of the poorest and most marginalized communities within nation states.

Diabetes Research in the 20th Century: A Historical Perspective

It was Mao Zedong who famously coined the timeless adage that ‘you need knowledge of the past in order to understand the present, and thus be able to prepare for the future’. These wise words have been taken up as the motto of a new Stream at the IDF World Diabetes Congress in Melbourne later this year: Diabetes Research in the 20th Century: A Historical Perspective.

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