Diabetes Views


Worldwide wake-up call

Diabetes is the unresolved development issue of the 21st century

The newly released 6th edition of IDF Diabetes Atlas reports that the number of people living with diabetes rose cataclysmically to 382 million in 2013. Our evidence shows that diabetes prevalence will skyrocket by 2035. By that time, nearly 600 million people will live with diabetes, and approximately 470 million will have impaired glucose tolerance. Put another way – 1 in every 8 people worldwide, 1 billion people, will live with or be at risk of diabetes.

Several kinds of battle

Several different battles are illustrated by the contents of this Issue of Diabetes Voice. The first of these is the battle individuals face to maintain any kind of diabetes self-care in the wake of cataclysmic natural disasters – hurricanes, typhoons, inundations, earthquakes, forest fires or whatever form these disasters may take.

Breaking down barriers

Sir Michael Hirst

Successful management of diabetes is a reflection of community.

The many dimensions of DAWN2

Rhys Williams

No More Excuses


Michael Hirst

Children and adolescents – our most precious resource

Rhys Williams

From words to action

As the authentic global voice of diabetes, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has achieved much in fixing diabetes firmly on the international political agenda. Diabetes and other Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) are now recognised as leading threats to development in the 21st century and to the success of the United Nations’ ambition to eradicate poverty.

In this issue …

Welcome to this, the second issue of Diabetes Voice for 2013. It has some new features. Let me tell you about them.

Keep the fire burning

The undertaking that I gave on becoming President of the International Diabetes Federation is the same undertaking that was given by every President since the founding of our Federation more than sixty years ago – including such illustrious figures as Maria de Alva, Sir George Alberti, Pierre Lefèbvre, Martin Silink and, my immediate predecessor, Jean Claude Mbanya. But I assume the Presidency under extraordinary circumstances never before experienced by the Federation. This is a moment of history that troubles our minds and hurts our hearts.

Where are we now?

It is good to be back! My previous contribution (2005-2007) as Editor-in-Chief of Diabetes Voice seems a long time ago – much longer than it really is. That is probably because a great deal has happened recently in my professional life. The past 10 years have seen us establishing a new medical school in my home city of Swansea, UK. We are now seeing our newly qualified doctors embarking on their careers in medicine, some of them, I hope, inspired to contribute to the world diabetes scene of the future.