Diabetes Voice

Diabetes Voice is the online magazine of IDF. It covers the latest developments in diabetes care, education, prevention, research, health policy and economics, as well as themes related to living with diabetes. Diabetes Voice goes to the heart of issues that are crucial to all those who can further the promotion of diabetes care, prevention, and a cure worldwide.

Editor-in-Chief: Dr Douglas Villarroel (Bolivia)
Editor: Elizabeth Snouffer (USA)

Diabetes Voice was made available as a print and digital magazine until 2018. It is now available as a digital platform at diabetesvoice.org.

Archive content of the magazine until March 2018 is available below.

Issue: March 2016
Section: Diabetes views

Diabetes voices: reducing my risk of type 2 diabetes

Last update: 15/03/2017

In nearly every issue of Diabetes Voice, we have provided an opportunity for people living with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes to express their feelings on a multitude of issues or challenges in our diabetes voices instalment. This month, we thought it was time to hear from people who, upon learning from a medical professional that they are at risk, are working hard to prevent a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. Unsurprisingly, strong similarities are evident in the stories we hear from people who live in very different geographical locations including Africa, Asia and Europe.

The signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes develop slowly and in some cases are hard to recognise. In the stories that follow, we hear from people that had no symptoms of hyperglycaemia, but for others, fatigue, thirst and blurred vision gave them enough cause for worry to seek medical care. Many of our contributors had an awareness of family history which led them to consider their own risk of diabetes. For others, it was necessary to overcome the shock of understanding their diabetes risk before moving forward. It’s clear that acceptance, education and guidance are key for success.

Please join us in thanking our diabetes voices contributors both for sharing their stories and for having the courage to take initiative for a healthier future.

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