Submitted by admin on Mon, 03/16/2009 - 16:02
A staggering number of Canadians, 8.4 million, are currently living with diabetes or are at increased risk of developing the condition during their lifetime. With 2.4 million affected by diabetes and 6 million in a state of ‘pre-diabetes’ – many of whom are unaware that they have impaired glucose tolerance – diabetes is an invisible, potentially deadly pandemic that affects a quarter of the Canadian population.
Submitted by admin on Mon, 03/16/2009 - 15:26
In this report, Serge Langlois provides information on the mission and objectives of Diabète Québec. Founded in 1954, Diabète Québec currently unites some 30,000 people with diabetes, healthcare professionals and around 50 affiliated associations that serve communities throughout Quebec – comprising a quarter of Canada’s population. The three pillars of Diabète Québec’s mission are to inform, raise awareness and prevent diabetes and its complications.
Submitted by admin on Fri, 12/12/2008 - 11:03
The International Diabetes Federation’s 20th World Diabetes Congress will be hosted in Montreal, Canada, from 18 to 22 October 2009 and will provide the ideal platform for all diabetes stakeholders to meet in person. The global diabetes community will gather in Montreal to exchange the latest diabetes science and ideas and enjoy networking opportunities. In this electronic and ‘virtual’ age, the need to meet face to face seems increasingly important – and this will be the perfect occasion to do so.
Submitted by admin on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 16:27
The standards for diabetes prevention vary greatly between the EU Member States. By sharing best practices and raising standards in the prevention of type 2 diabetes throughout the EU, the development of the condition in those at risk can be reduced. Major studies have demonstrated that prevention programmes can significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Based on convincing evidence from clinical studies, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) have published recommendations for the prevention of the condition.
Submitted by admin on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 16:22
Diabetes management involves more than just medical treatment (healthcare providers prescribing insulins and other medications to people with the condition in order to avoid or postpone diabetes complications); it is far more complex. People with diabetes are required to take responsibility, with the help of professional educators, for the day-to-day management of their condition. A major challenge inherent in diabetes management is striving to become a fully participating, active, productive member of society.
Submitted by admin on Mon, 10/20/2008 - 15:37
DAWN Youth is a worldwide initiative dedicated to improving the level and conditions of psychosocial support for children, adolescents and young adults with diabetes and their families worldwide. For young people affected by the condition, having to learn to accept diabetes as a part of daily living is a far greater trauma than is realized by many – even health professionals. For their families, it is a complex burden: daily diabetes management is largely in the hands of the family and the young person.
Submitted by admin on Mon, 10/20/2008 - 15:35
In 2001, the Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes and Needs (DAWN) study interviewed more than 5400 adults with diabetes and more than 3800 diabetes care professionals in 13 countries. The main purpose of that research was to identify new ways to overcome the psychosocial barriers to the optimal health and quality of life of people with diabetes and those at risk.
Submitted by admin on Mon, 10/20/2008 - 15:32
Because their condition affects every aspect of their daily life, children and adolescents with diabetes are faced with more problems than are many of their peers without diabetes. The greater part of their day is spent at school, and this is where many of the greatest problems lie. Dealing with diabetes in school is one of the most important topics in the daily life of many families. The 2007 online WebTalk survey, conducted in eight countries as part of the DAWN Youth survey, has contributed to an increased understanding of the issues faced by children and adolescents with diabetes.
Submitted by admin on Mon, 10/20/2008 - 15:30
While diabetes healthcare professionals quite rightly offer a combination of treatment, information and instructions, the time has come for another dimension to be added to diabetes care practices: attention to psychological and social challenges facing people with the condition and their families. DAWN Youth initiatives are being implemented in many countries worldwide in order to improve various aspects of psychosocial support, and draw attention to some fundamental shortcomings in current healthcare systems.
Submitted by admin on Mon, 10/20/2008 - 15:28
Recently, for the second time in 2 years, several hundred young people with diabetes were brought together with diabetes educators, diabetologists and employees of Novo Nordisk, in Bad Segeberg, Germany, to attend a diabetes camp that combined education and leisure pursuits with a strong emphasis on peer support. The 700 or so 16- to 25-year-olds from Germany, Austria and Switzerland were supported by 150 experienced diabetes support personnel; 35 diabetologists and psychologists were available at all times to resolve doubts and queries and resolve concerns.