Taking Diabetes to Heart

tkdhDiabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) are both global epidemics. They are currently among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, particularly affecting populations in low- and middle-income populations. Their negative effects are accelerated by globalization, rapid unplanned urbanization and increasingly sedentary lifestyles.

Taking Diabetes to Heart is a new multi-country study, developed by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in partnership with Novo Nordisk, focused on CVD awareness and knowledge among people living with type 2 diabetes. The study - the first of its kind in the world - builds on the IDF global report on Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease (2016), which includes recommendations to reduce the burden of CVD among people with diabetes and the general population.

If you are living with type 2 diabetes, we encourage you to take the survey. The survey is available in multiple languages and will take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and all responses will be anonymous (view the Privacy Statement). The survey will remain online until March 2018.

The aim of Taking Diabetes to Heart is to define the actions that are required to promote knowledge and awareness of cardiovascular disease among people living with type 2 diabetes, to improve their health outcomes and address systemic challenges to healthcare systems.

Results from the survey will be used to inform policy and decision-making around this common and serious complication of diabetes. The study will culminate with a comprehensive report with country specific results and a set of resources related to diabetes and CVD in particular countries and around the world.

Interim results of Taking Diabetes to Heart were presented at the IDF Congress 2017 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Read more.

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  • For more information about diabetes and CVD, please visit www.idf.org/cvd.
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Promotional Materials

TD2H Poster A3A series of promotional materials have been developed to help IDF deliver the largest ever patient survey conducted in the area of diabetes-related CVD, to generate global evidence and drive positive change for people living with diabetes. View and download the materials and promote Taking Diabetes to Heart in your community.


The International Diabetes Federation is pleased to have the support of the following organizations for the promotion of Taking Diabetes to Heart.

International organizations

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IDF Centres of Excellence in Diabetes Care

  • Clinical Centre of Endocrinology and Gerontology, Medical University-Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Diabetes Center, Clinic for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases, Clinical Center of Serbia
  • Diabetes Center, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan
  • Dubai Diabetes Center, Dubai Health Authority - UAE
  • Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital - Thailand
  • Hospital El Cruce, Florencio Varela, Argentina
  • Jothydev's Diabetes Research Centre  (JDC), Trivandrum- India
  • Leicester Diabetes Centre, University of Leicester, UK
  • M.V. Hospital for Diabetes & Prof. M. Viswanathan Diabetes Research Centre, Chennai -India
  • National Center for Diabetes Research/ GUDEAS, Tbilisi - Georgia
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong – Prince of Wales Hospital Diabetes Centre
  • University Clinic of endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders, Skopje - Macedonia
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