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DAWN2 study results: provision of quality team-based and individualized diabetes care

Modern diabetes care demands the comprehensive knowledge of multiple medical, nursing and paramedical specialties and is ideally delivered by a coordinated team of experts. This care should be provided in an individualized or person-centred manner to improve its acceptability as well as its effectiveness. Diabetes care is constantly evolving, hopefully for the better.

The role of diabetes technology in children and youth: getting connected for better control


Francine R. Kaufman

Taming the diabetes monster

Elizabeth Snouffer

Children and diabetes: success and challenge in the developing world

Graham Ogle, Angie Middlehurst and Robyn Short-Hobbs

Good things come in pairs: the Cambodia-Korea Twinning Project

Professor Bong Yun Cha, Chairman of the Korean Diabetes Association and Dr. Touch Khun, Chief of Diabetology at the Preah Kossamak Hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia report on the exciting partnership reflected in the IDF’s Association Twinning Initiative. Learn how people living with diabetes in Cambodia are getting extra help for better care by virtue of the first and more significantly, the second, Cambodia-Korea Twinning Project.


Gestational diabetes – an update from India

In recent decades, more women of a reproductive age have diabetes, and more pregnancies are complicated by pre-existing diabetes especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Also of concern is gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) - the type of diabetes that is first recognized during pregnancy and affects up to 15% of women worldwide.


Using community theatre to promote diabetes education and prevention in Fiji

A group of US researchers base their hypothesis to improve diabetes outcomes on the anonymous statement above – one that encapsulates the power of community theatre. The underlying premise is to involve people in the educational process, establish a connection in which people feel comfortable and are entertained, and feel that the message that is being transmitted is one that they can accept easily and, crucially, incorporate into their daily lives.

Overcoming cultural challenges and improving diabetes education – a real-life experience from Lebanon

Lebanon is a small country whose geography has contributed to a culturally diverse society. Situated on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, Lebanon sits at the intersection between Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Over the centuries, waves of visitors, settlers and invaders have contributed to the rich cultural and religious diversity of the Lebanese people – 4 million of whom live in Lebanon, with another 6 million living around the world making up the sizeable Lebanese diaspora. In fact, Lebanon remains a mosaic of ethnic and religious groups.

BRIDGES Research Net - Testing a new approach to translate research achievements into improved quality of care worldwide

Incorporating scientific advancements into daily clinical practice is a logical and practical process by which to improve the quality of care provided to people with diabetes. Yet this potentially beneficial approach remains a largely unresolved issue in contemporary medicine. Significant progress has been made through translational research to bring research benefits ‘from bench to bedside’ or, more accurately in this case, ‘from lab to lifestyle’ to the benefit of people with diabetes and those at risk. However, as the author points out, challenges remain.

The genetics behind type 2 diabetes - lessons form GWAS

Obesity is one of the main drivers of type 2 diabetes, and the increased prevalence of obesity underpins the increase in type 2 diabetes around the world. Nevertheless, there are many overweight and obese people who do not develop diabetes, and many leaner people do develop the condition. One of the reasons for this apparent discrepancy is varying genetic predisposition. Scientists have spent many years attempting to identify the DNA sequence variations and genes involved.

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