Diabetes in Society

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Epilepsy in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes

Seizures provoked by hypoglycaemia are relatively frequent in people with type 1 diabetes. Each year, up to 15% of children with type 1 diabetes experience a severe hypoglycaemic episode, or ‘hypo’, with seizures – often as a result of administering too much insulin. But seizures also can occur during diabetic ketoacidosis – when not enough insulin has been taken. These acute complications often constitute an obstacle to diagnosis of epilepsy in people, especially children and adolescents, with diabetes.

Breakthrough – the story of Elizabeth Hughes and the making of a medical miracle

Of the many medical innovations seen in the 20th century, few were so pivotal as the discovery of insulin for the treatment for diabetes. A newly published book, Breakthrough, tells the story of a young girl who should have died as a child but survived to see seven grandchildren, and the drug  that, for millions worldwide, has turned a death sentence into something more like a chronic irritation. A portion of the book’s proceeds is going to IDF ’s Life for a Child Programme.The authors tell us more.


In the race for a glittering prize – Team Type 1 hits the road

Many people are shocked when I say that my diabetes is a gift – or that I would not take a cure if it were offered to me. But that is the truth. Diabetes is my life; I would not trade it for the world. Because of diabetes, I am healthier today than I would have been without the disease.

From diabetes education and prevention all the way to sporting excellence – Italy’s BCD Campaign

Great strides have been made in our collective understanding of the benefits of well-managed diabetes and controlled blood glucose, and the key role in these that is played by physical activity. Yet slow progress has been made translating this knowledge into effective lifestyle education to engender healthful behaviour on a large scale. Very many young people remain at particularly high  risk from the chronic effects of disabling diabetes complications.

The impact of food advertising to children – why we must protect our most vulnerable citizens

Diabetes care at the centre of Australia: grassroots care and prevention

A report on the 2010 symposium on Indigenous peoples’ health held in Alice Springs, Australia

Sharing hope and improving care – Haiti builds for a brighter future

Can shared care improve outcomes in women with gestational diabetes?

Gestational diabetes, which is defined as ‘any degree of glucose intolerance with onset or first recognition during pregnancy’, damages the health of millions of women and their babies during the perinatal period and later in life. Like type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes is on the rise worldwide. However, the management of gestational diabetes is less developed than the management of type 1 diabetes and 2 diabetes. In this report, Xilin Yang

Taking IDF into the 21st century – what got us here will not get us there!

We all know those maps in shopping malls that say “You Are Here.” They exist to orient us in unfamiliar territory, tell us where we are, where we want to go and how to get there. Organizations need guidance too. Like people, they do not have a built-in GPS system to help them take the right strategic direction every time. Sometimes, they have been going in a particular direction for some time without realizing they might have taken the wrong turn somewhere. Even the ones that seem successful on the outside may well struggle on the inside.

Calling the world to action on diabetes

IDF is gearing up for an exciting year. When heads of state convene at the UN headquarters in New York in September to discuss the scale of and solutions for diabetes and related non-communicable diseases (NCDs), we hope to witness commitments made as never before and a resource flow to match. The UN Summit on NCDs is undoubtedly the political opportunity of a lifetime for the global diabetes community. This is why IDF is launching a Year of Action for Diabetes.

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