IDF Africa news

  • Common type 2 diabetes test not accurate for Africans, study shows

    September 09 2017

    According to an international study published on 12 September, people of African descents may mistakenly get the all-clear from a widely used type 2 diabetes test called HbA1c.

    Scientists found 42 new genetic variants that influence a person’s HbA1c measurements which could affetc the diagnosis of diabetes.

    Read more in the article

  • International experts call for urgent international action to tackle diabetes in Africa

    June 06 2017

    On 28 June 2017, 9 international experts, including Jeffrey Sachs (Economist) and Marion Nestle (Nutritionist and writer), launched a petition through a column in the prestigious French newspaper Le Monde calling for urgent international action to tackle the scourge of diabetes in Africa.

    The epidemic of diabetes is increasing inexorably on the continent, under the combined effects of rapid urbanisation, modification of eating habits, increase in life expectancy and environmental changes. Despite the gravity of the situation, less than 2% of all global health funding is dedicated to this major public health challenge. An international movement is urgently needed to raise awareness of an epidemic that has been overlooked for too long, and more importantly to support and give hope to people with diabetes, mostly disadvantaged, who lack access to care and appropriate treatment.

    Read and sign the petition at http://santediabete.wesign.it/en

  • Africa now leads on new diabetes infections

    April 04 2017

    Diabetes has become one of the largest chronic epidemics of the 21st century with Africa leading the pack of new infections as people’s lifestyles continue to change with health experts warning on the need for people to watch on their exercise patterns and eating habits.

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