Diabetes Views


Type 1 diabetes: quo vadis?

In this special issue of Diabetes Voice, there is a focus on type 1 diabetes. In tackling the world pandemic of diabetes, and the critical importance of making societal change to arrest the staggering rise in the prevalence of type 2 diabetes, it is easy for the needs of the 10% of people with diabetes who have type 1 diabetes to be forgotten. Yet incidence of type 1 diabetes is also rising – at 3% per year (see page 6) - and as Professor M'Banya points out in his editorial, people with type 1 diabetes worldwide are still dying because of missed diagnoses or inadequate insulin supply.

Calling out around the world

The Diabetes Atlas is sometimes referred to as IDF’s‘jewel in the crown’ – and for very good reason. The newly updated and improved 5th edition, which will be launched on World Diabetes Day, 14 November, will further empower global diabetes advocacy. Building on the many notable achievements of previous editions, the new Atlas will serve as a powerful and highly effective tool to provide acknowledged, trustworthy data and deliver key, credible messages on the status of diabetes worldwide.

A world of challenges – and solutions

Welcome to the Autumn issue of Diabetes Voice. In this issue we continue our focus on the need for action to reverse the accelerating development of type 2 diabetes and obesity, with regions as far apart as Scandinavia and East Africa describing current activity with this goal. It is perhaps not surprising that despite major differences in language, lifestyles and per capita spending on healthcare, many of the problems – and their potential solutions – are shared.

Diabetes Views - The emerging response to diabetes

Thirty years ago, when I was a young doctor at the Central Hospital in Yaoundé, Cameroon, a heart attack was highly unusual ‒ so rare an occurrence, in fact, that medical students at the hospital were called in to take a look at any new case. Today, however, cardiovascular diseases, along with diabetes and the other non-communicable diseases, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases, are the most common killers in Cameroon and throughout West Africa.

Diabetes Views - Towards a brighter future with and without diabetes

I am particularly pleased to greet Diabetes Voice readers in the pages of this special issue dedicated to potential, novel, newly implemented and recently investigated approaches to diabetes care and prevention. A collection of international authors reporting on their achievements and work in progress either originate from or are working in countries representing all seven IDF regions.

Diabetes Views - Time to start progressing responsibly

A recent report by the World Bank warns of an impending health crisis sparked by rising rates of type 2 diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – not among the SUV-driving suburban middle classes of Europe or North America, but in South Asia, home to the world's largest population of poor people, where more than 1 billion are living on less than 2 USD a day.

Diabetes Views - Making an impact on diabetes outcomes

In this issue of Diabetes Voice, IDF continues its campaign to raise the profile of diabetes with healthcare organizations, governments and people everywhere. We have an exclusive interview with Badara Samb, who brings the experience he has had with other diseases of global significance to bear on our diseases of diabetes. And IDF’s Katie Dain builds on the focus of our last issue on women’s health, discussing the important condition of gestational diabetes, with its implications for future diabetes in both the mother and baby – and its enormous potential for diabetes prevention.

Making a difference to global diabetes

President's editorial

Against the worldwide epidemic

Editor-in-chief's editorial

The great awakening

President's editorial