Diabetes in Society


Sharing hope and improving care – Haiti builds for a brighter future

Can shared care improve outcomes in women with gestational diabetes?

Gestational diabetes, which is defined as ‘any degree of glucose intolerance with onset or first recognition during pregnancy’, damages the health of millions of women and their babies during the perinatal period and later in life. Like type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes is on the rise worldwide. However, the management of gestational diabetes is less developed than the management of type 1 diabetes and 2 diabetes. In this report, Xilin Yang

Taking IDF into the 21st century – what got us here will not get us there!

We all know those maps in shopping malls that say “You Are Here.” They exist to orient us in unfamiliar territory, tell us where we are, where we want to go and how to get there. Organizations need guidance too. Like people, they do not have a built-in GPS system to help them take the right strategic direction every time. Sometimes, they have been going in a particular direction for some time without realizing they might have taken the wrong turn somewhere. Even the ones that seem successful on the outside may well struggle on the inside.

Calling the world to action on diabetes

IDF is gearing up for an exciting year. When heads of state convene at the UN headquarters in New York in September to discuss the scale of and solutions for diabetes and related non-communicable diseases (NCDs), we hope to witness commitments made as never before and a resource flow to match. The UN Summit on NCDs is undoubtedly the political opportunity of a lifetime for the global diabetes community. This is why IDF is launching a Year of Action for Diabetes.

Tackling NCDs: a catalyst to strengthen country health systems – an interview with Badara Samb

In an exclusive interview with Diabetes Voice, Badara Samb, the World Health Organization’s Coordinator for Health Systems Strengthening, tells us why NCD programmes have remained at the bottom of the agenda for global health development and outlines the factors that limit countries' capacity to implement proven strategies for chronic diseases. Professor Samb is an experienced epidemiologist and public health physician, who started working with UNICEF early in his career, and later undertook research at INSERM and work with the UN on AIDS.

The Middle East and North Africa Diabetes Leadership Forum

In December 2010, key stakeholders, leaders and highprofile speakers gathered in Dubai to discuss the overwhelming human and financial burden imposed on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by diabetes. The MENA Diabetes Leadership Forum, sponsored by Novo Nordisk and supported by IDF, was a high-level advocacy meeting aimed at confronting the diabetes epidemic in the region and exploring and sharing ways to tackle the issue at the highest level. The Forum was the fifth in a series of such meetings, with previous events in the USA, Russia, China and South Africa.

Gestational diabetes: an invisible maternal health issue

Gestational diabetes, defined as ‘any degree of glucose intolerance with onset or first recognition during pregnancy’ has increased over the last 20 years, reflecting the increasing frequency of type 2 diabetes in the underlying population. Despite being associated with several pregnancy complications, and increasing the risk of both mother and child developing type 2 diabetes later in life, gestational diabetes remains a neglected maternal health issue.

Spotlight on an IDF Member: the Dutch Diabetes Association

Like many of its fellows, the Dutch Diabetes Association (DDA) is faced with a growing number of people with diabetes — currently nearly 1 million out of a total population of 16 million people. About 58,000 of these people with diabetes are members of the DDA . In order to support members’ diabetes management, and attract new members, the DDA has developed several Internet-based applications to reach out directly to increasing numbers of people.

Preventing diabetes in the avenues and alleyways – homes and cities as exercise machines

The global obesity epidemic is already staggering – and it keeps on growing. In Canada, for example, one person in five is overweight and nearly one in 10 is obese – a two-and-a-half-fold increase over the past two decades. Moreover, obesity rates among children in Canada have almost tripled in the past 30 years. Our societies are transforming previously healthy children into generations of adults who in future decades will suffer widespread chronic ill-health and overpopulate hospital wards. Efforts to curb the trend have been largely unsuccessful.

Green shoots of hope: obesity prevention in US schools

There is currently an epidemic of childhood obesity in the USA. Data from the National Health and Nutrition Evaluation Surveys from 1963-65 until the present, show that obesity has increased three- to fourfold, so that now 16% of American children are obese (as assessed by body mass index (BMI) greater than the 95th percentile for age and gender) and a third are above the mark to be considered overweight (greater than the 85th percentile). This has fuelled an epidemic of type 2 diabetes in young people.