Diabetes Views


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.

Getting it right – all the way

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – so the saying goes. The diabetes journey begins with the diagnosis and to get that journey started in the right direction it has to be the right diagnosis, not only whether or not it’s diabetes but also exactly what type of diabetes is it? As articles in this Issue make plain, the wrong diagnosis will get that journey off to a very bad start.

United in our vision to save sight

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

Building bridges for diabetes prevention and treatment

Linda Siminerio, Diabetes Voice Guest Editor:

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.