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Risk factors

The risk factors for type 1 diabetes are still being researched. However, having a family member with type 1 diabetes slightly increases the risk of developing the disease. Environmental factors and exposure to some viral infections have also been linked to the risk of developing type 1 diabetes.

Women and Diabetes

IDF’s dedicated programme on women and diabetes was launched in 2009 to support the 181 million women with diabetes worldwide. It aims to put women with diabetes high onto the global health and development agenda.


Diabetes roadmap

On 13 May 2010, the United Nations General Assembly voted unanimously for UN Resolution 64/265 to hold a UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) on 19-20 September 2011. The Summit is a major opportunity to put diabetes and other NCDs on the global health and development agenda.

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The mission of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.

Despite the significant scientific advances of the last century, diabetes remains a major health challenge across the world. This chronic and incurable non- communicable disease (NCD) is responsible for millions of deaths annually and limits many lives with life-threatening complications. No country, rich or poor, is immune to the epidemic.


Our values:

Honesty: we will be truthful, deliver on our promises and remain willing to be held into account. We will maintain confidentiality and respect the privacy of others.

Compassion: we will act with empathy and without prejudice, appreciating the plight of others, and drive by our empathy to action.

Integrity:we will uphold our code of ethics, maintain a high standard of personal conduct and embed our values in our organisational policies, procedures and behaviour.

What We Do

The International Diabetes Federation is engaged in action to tackle diabetes from the local to the global level - from programmes at community level to worldwide awareness and advocacy initiatives.

The activities of IDF aim to influence policy, increase public awareness and encourage health improvement, promote the exchange of high-quality information about diabetes, and provide education for people with diabetes and their healthcare providers. IDF's awareness and advocacy initiatives are grounded in the experiences of our global network of national diabetes associations.

Essential Care

A core component of the International Diabetes Federation's mission is promoting the best possible care for people with diabetes. Drawing on world class expertise from all diabetes constituencies, we set global standards for diabetes care and education and develop support for their implementation. We also participate in on-going activities to strengthen the evidence base for improved prevention and care, and facilitate the exchange of high-quality information amongst our Member Associations as well as healthcare providers, people with diabetes and other stakeholders.