A time to every purpose

Just six years ago, it would have seemed too bad to be true. At the end of 2006, as I received the mandate from the global diabetes community – assembled at the IDF General Council meeting in Cape Town – to take up the role of IDF President-elect, some 246 million people were living with diabetes worldwide. By the time I took over the mantle of leadership in Montreal in 2009, that number had risen to 285 million. Today, according to the latest IDF estimates, released recently in an update of the IDF Diabetes Atlas, 371 million people worldwide have diabetes – and there are half as many again who are unaware that they have the disease (see Leonor Guariguata’s report on page 12 of this issue).