Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Tue, 05/31/2016 - 11:58
Diabetes imposes large economic burdens on national healthcare systems across the world. In 2015, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimated that 415 million adults aged 20 to 79 years had diabetes and USD 673 billion was spent to treat diabetes and its related complications. This accounted for 11.6% of the total health expenditure worldwide.
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Tue, 05/31/2016 - 11:57
Insulin was discovered in 1921, first used by an individual with type 1 diabetes in 1922 and then became widely available in the “Western world”. Challenges of access to insulin have been documented and these relate mainly to issues of availability, price and affordability, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.
Submitted by aabolina on Fri, 03/11/2016 - 13:03
We must never forget that it’s not all bad news that the number of people living with diabetes in the world continues to rise. At least some of this has a good news element – people with diabetes are living longer (albeit many with established complications). There are some grounds for muted celebration in the battle against diabetes complications – just half a cheer for the moment. The burden is still too formidable and there is too much uncertainty about the present position to merit more than that.
Submitted by aabolina on Fri, 03/11/2016 - 13:01
Until recently, survival rates for children with diabetes in many African countries were dismal – few survived to adulthood. Now, due to dedicated efforts of local centers, supported by IDF Life for a Child Programme (LFAC) and other programmes, this situation is happily changing. Numbers are rapidly rising in various countries. But what happens when these young people age-out of these programmes, which by necessity have age limits as otherwise they cannot support newly-diagnosed children?
Submitted by aabolina on Thu, 11/26/2015 - 11:36
Submitted by aabolina on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:56
Submitted by aabolina on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:51
It is possible, of course, to quibble with the wording of the International Diabetes Federation’s (IDF) mission statement in that “a cure” (singular) for diabetes is highly unlikely ever to be achieved, despite all our best efforts.
Submitted by aabolina on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:37
Submitted by aabolina on Mon, 11/24/2014 - 15:45
Diabetes Voice asked three representatives from the International Diabetes Federation’s (IDF) Young Leaders in Diabetes Programme (YLD) to report on the issue of “food insecurity” and its effect on children in their home countries. Food insecurity may be defined as the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.
Submitted by aabolina on Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:38
Type 1 diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in childhood, and the number of children developing type 1 diabetes is growing rapidly. Overall, type 1 diabetes in children worldwide is increasing 3% annually (79,100), with the greatest incidence documented in Europe and the North America and Caribbean Region.