Submitted by valerie.eijrond on Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:02
Over 50% of the world’s population is under 30. This group contribute around 5% to the global diabetes population – and their numbers are growing fast. Yet the needs of young people with diabetes often go unnoticed. Older generations overlook youth at our peril. In the words of Kofi Annan, “a society that cuts itself off from its youth severs its lifeline." Given the corrosive effects of inadequately managed diabetes on societies and economies worldwide, the need for diabetes advocacy involving an engaged and informed youth section has never been more important.
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Wed, 09/14/2011 - 12:00
Working for a joint cause, collectively facing the same challenges, has been a uniting force for the Norwegian NCD Alliance. The Scandinavian allegiance was inspired by the global NCD Alliance founded by IDF . The links between diabetes and cardiovascular diseases have made cooperation between diabetes and heart organizations imperative. But bringing cancer and respiratory health into the campaign broke crucial new ground.
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Wed, 09/14/2011 - 11:35
With the number of people living with diabetes estimated at 300 million worldwide and expected to increase to 500 million by 2030, there is an urgent need to act. As part of its plan to strengthen its Regions, the International Diabetes Federation encourages setting goals and targets based on regional needs. With economic development and rapid urbanization, African countries are witnessing a significant increase in the rates diabetes and other non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and cancer.
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Wed, 09/14/2011 - 11:26
One of the first voices to call for a UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs, IDF has long recognized the need for a political platform to secure commitments and leadership at the highest level for diabetes. The global data on diabetes prevalence and costs presented in IDF’s Diabetes Atlas are critical to persuading policy makers of the need for urgent action to tackle the disease. Experience has shown, however, that even such robust evidence and dramatic numbers have not been enough to change hearts and minds and stimulate the increased investment required.
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Wed, 09/14/2011 - 11:23
The new Diabetes Atlas, published recently by the IDF, confirms that the diabetes epidemic continues to worsen.
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Thu, 07/07/2011 - 13:53
Occupying in the northwest corner of South America, Colombia has borders with five countries, including Panama to the north and Brazil to the south, and a Caribbean as well as a Pacific coastline. Colombia, with 45 million inhabitants, has the second-largest population in South America and although it has one of the largest economies on the continent, inequality and unequal distribution of wealth are widespread. Around half the population lives under the poverty line.
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Thu, 07/07/2011 - 13:30
people with diabetes constantly walk a tight rope between strict glucose control to prevent complications and hypoglycaemia. Too often, slight miscalculations result in hypoglycaemia, which can be at best embarrassing and irritating, and may cause injury or even death.
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Thu, 07/07/2011 - 11:57
Type 2 diabetes is a heterogeneous disease characterized by multiple pathogenic defects. Impaired insulin secretion and insulin action (insulin resistance) are well-recognized major mechanisms contributing to the development of diabetes. In the past years, intensive research has much improved our understanding of the molecular mechanisms leading to defects of beta-cell function and impaired ability of insulin to promote glucose uptake in muscle and adipose tissue. More recently, other organs have been shown to play a role in the abnormalities of glucose homeostasis.
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Thu, 07/07/2011 - 11:49
Last year, ID F’s Taskforce on Epidemiology and Prevention of Diabetes convened a working group to review the role of surgery in the treatment and prevention of type 2 diabetes. Bariatric surgery, in which the gastrointestinal tract is operated on with the intention of achieving weight loss, has been shown to have significant metabolic benefit. In December last year, 20 people representing all the ID F regions, and different clinical disciplines, met at ID F’s headquarters to review the available evidence and consider the potential of the procedures for people with diabetes.
Submitted by admin on Wed, 11/03/2010 - 17:55
The countdown to the UN Summit on NC Ds has begun. With exactly one year to go, IDF launched the Diabetes Roadmap for the UN High-Level Summit on NCDs, which will ensure that this once-in-ageneration global platform moves the world from rhetoric to action on diabetes. Ann Keeling reports.