Diabetes Views


IDFs global voice in the diabetes landscape

What you see in the global diabetes landscape depends on your perspective. From the vantage point of distance by a policy-maker in a government office, or even by some “experts” in diabetes, the 415 million people living with diabetes today may be seen as a statistic on a health report. The real crisis can be too easily underestimated, misunderstood and ignored.

For all types of diabetes, one common goal: healthy eating

In the following headlines, diabetes is mentioned, but what type is being discussed exactly? Given that there are different types of diabetes, how does the general public understand the difference when no distinction is made?

Transparency, education and acceptance

The feature article for this issue of Diabetes Voice is focused on bringing to light the global concern of hypoglycaemia for all people living with diabetes, including for people with type 2 diabetes who are treated with orals or insulin. It is a topic that deserves great attention, not only because the threat is often misunderstood or downplayed by healthcare professionals, people living with diabetes and people who live with or share the burden of diabetes, but because it ultimately and most critically, can lead to early, preventable death.

The diabetes media hype: what's true, and what's false

Pretty much on a daily basis, we’re bombarded by media announcements of research findings and scientific “breakthroughs” telling us what to do and what not to do; what to eat and what not to eat; what pills to take and what not to take; what might or might not be causing important medical conditions and so on and so on. Some of these reports could be wrong because they’re based on bad science. Some may be misleading because, even though they’re based on good science, they’re just chance findings. Occasionally they may be true and need to be taken seriously.

¡Fuera lo viejo, que entre lo nuevo!

Tras mi retiro, hace algunos años, una de las grandes novedades que llegaron a mi vida fue poder, por primera vez, entregar un capítulo de un libro de texto a tiempo. Ya no hay excusas buenas para la procrastinación; no hay crisis laborales que puedan interceder en el proceso de escritura, tan sólo tiempo libre sin interrupciones para ponerse a ello y acabarlo.

A technological leap for improved diabetes awareness and education

In our world today, there are people who are more likely to have access to a mobile phone and digital technology than clean water, a bank account, or even a source of electricity. In the year 2000, it was estimated that 394 million Internet users were scattered across the world.

Out with the old, in with the new

Following my retirement a few years ago, one of the great novelties that came my way was to be able, for once in my life, to submit a commissioned text-book chapter pretty well on time. No more good excuses for procrastination; no work-based crises to intercede in the writing process, just uninterrupted free time to get on with it and finish it.

Together our voice is stronger

Even in the middle of the 20th century news and information was communicated rigorously to a small yet developing network of professionals connected to diabetes. IDF was critical then to the dissemination of news and information and it remains so today in 2014.    

News from Vienna

In September last, the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) held its 50th Annual Meeting in Vienna. In his opening address, EASD President, Andrew Bolton, referred to the momentous decisions that had been made in that city 100 years previously.  Austria-Hungary's intention, that it should wage a short and localised punitive war against Serbia, didn't work out quite as planned.

IDF’s global village

It’s relatively common to speak of the “global village” today. The growth of technology like the Internet and mobile devices helps shrink the distance between any two points on the map, opening communication between diverse populations.  In more specific terms, the global village brings people together and fosters awareness on important issues affecting our world, such as the global burden of diabetes.