National Diabetes Associations

The International Diabetes Federation is a diverse and inclusive multi-cultural network of national diabetes associations and an authoritative global voice in non-communicable diseases. Its greatest strength lies in the capacity of its membership and its ability to ground global advocacy in the reality of local experience.

What can your national diabetes association do for you?


Diabetes is one of the major health and development challenges of the 21st century. No country, rich or poor, is immune to the epidemic. It is a chronic, incurable, costly, and increasing but largely preventable non-communicable disease (NCD) which is responsible for millions of deaths annually, debilitating complications, and incalculable human misery.


Insulin is a hormone made by the beta cells in the pancreas. It is the key that opens the doors of cells and allows glucose to get into the cell.

Oral medications

Healthy nutrition

Food is made up of various nutrients, vitamins, minerals and water. The nutrients are:


Raising awareness

Risk factors

Signs and symptoms

Individuals can experience different signs and symptoms of diabetes, and sometimes there may be no signs. Some of the signs commonly experienced include:

What is diabetes?