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World Diabetes Day 2012 – expanding the circle of influence

World Diabetes Day unites the world against diabetes by celebrating people who are touched by diabetes every day and raising public awareness of this killer epidemic. International Diabetes Federation leads this global grassroots campaign inspiring advocates, organisations and individuals to come together on November 14 to put the spotlight on diabetes. Together with its member associations, IDF put diabetes on the global health agenda by securing the 2006 UN resolution, making WDD an official UN Day.

Diabetes and climate change: two interconnected global challenges

Against the backdrop of the 65th World Health Assembly in Geneva, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the private health insurance company, Bupa, convened an expert dialogue on two of the most urgent challenges of the 21st century: the global diabetes epidemic and climate change.

Creating a network to tackle diabetes and NCDs in Latin America

Diabetes has become a critical health issue in Latin America. From Mexico, in the north, to Argentina in the south, sweeping rural-urban migration and the worldwide nutrition transition to high-fat, low-nutrient processed foods – especially among poor people – are driving a potentially devastating explosion in the numbers of people affected by non-communicable disease (NCD). The diabetes population, estimated at around 16 million people, is set to double within a decade if effective steps are not taken in protect at-risk communities.

New treatments for type 2 diabetes – what is on the horizon?

Worldwide, more than half the people with type 2 diabetes have blood glucose concentrations that are too high, leading to a greater risk of complications. This is partly because many existing treatments have limitations.

Supporting research really works – my life after islet transplant therapy

In his own words, Jason Turner learned the hard way that he was not indestructible. Born in edmonton, he lived a fairly typical Canadian middle-class life – a father working outside the home and a mother working inside, a brother and a sister. As happens in so many families, his diagnosis of type 1 diabetes at 11 years of age sent shockwaves through that carefree existence that would continue throughout his life. And as happens to so many people with diabetes, the complexities of managing his condition through adolescence and into adulthood for long periods got the better of him.

Ensuring universal access to insulin – the International Insulin Foundation position statement

Nearly a century since its discovery, insulin remains beyond the reach of many people living in parts of the developing world – and access to this life-sustaining medication is problematic for many, many more. The International Insulin Foundation (IIF) was founded in 2002 to improve access to insulin in resource-poor countries.

Key questions about diabetes education in Guatemala – for whom, what kind and how to provide it?

The Guatemalan Ministry of Public Health puts the prevalence of diabetes in urban areas of the country at around 8%.Diabetes complications have become a primary cause of death and disability and an increasing burden to individuals, families, society in general and the economy of the country.

Italy’s Giocampus – an effective publicprivate alliance against childhood obesity

Childhood obesity is a worsening social emergency. It affects even the youngest children and has become a major issue in schools throughout the developed world and beyond. In Italy, recent data from the Ministry of Health show that more than 1 million children, a quarter of all young people between 6 and 11 years old, are overweight; 12% of the child population is obese. In southern regions, the situation has reached staggering proportions: half of all children are overweight or obese. In fact, Italy is now third in the world for childhood obesity – behind the USA and Portugal.

Diabetes self-management education: an effective response to the increasing burden in under-served communities

Diabetes prevalence is increasing in leaps and bounds worldwide.In developing countries, where limited healthcare resources are exacerbated by the needs of growing (and ageing) populations, the burden of diabetes is set to have its greatest and most damaging impact. Previously considered a disease of relatively affluent people living in urban areas, diabetes is now on the rise in rural populations.

Appraising the Multi-SAFE approach to low vision and diabetes: a simple technique for saving feet

The human and economic consequences of diabetes-related foot problems can be harrowing. A person’s foot can become vulnerable due to various complications of diabetes. Nerve damage, vascular problems and delayed wound healing can lead to chronic ulceration. Ensuing infection or the non-healing of an ulcer can result in amputation – one of the most feared and most costly outcomes of diabetes. People with diabetes who also have a visual impairment are at even greater increased risk for serious foot problems and amputation.

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