Submitted by olivier.jacqmain on Tue, 07/24/2012 - 15:03
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.
Submitted by olivier.jacqmain on Tue, 07/24/2012 - 14:58
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.
Submitted by valerie.eijrond on Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:53
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.
Submitted by valerie.eijrond on Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:48
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.
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Wed, 09/14/2011 - 11:06
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.
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Wed, 09/14/2011 - 10:09
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.
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Wed, 09/14/2011 - 10:01
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.
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Thu, 07/07/2011 - 13:45
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.
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Thu, 07/07/2011 - 13:42
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.
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Thu, 07/07/2011 - 11:46
The use of HbA1c is becoming mandatory for good-standard diabetes care thanks to scientific evidence generated over the past two decades worldwide. HbA1c as a reflection of chronic hyperglycaemia is also becoming a key indicator increasingly used for the diagnosis of diabetes. however, underserved populations in poor countries have little awareness of or access to this important diagnostic and monitoring tool.