Today is World Diabetes Day!

Today is World Diabetes Day!

Every year on 14th November the world marks World Diabetes Day (WDD) and events and campaigns all around the globe are organized to raise awareness and tackle the global impact of diabetes.

At the International Society of Endocrinology, we support this important initiative created by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organisation in 1991.

Every year the WDD campaign focusses on a dedicated theme. The theme for 2019 is “Family and Diabetes”.

Diabetes in numbers

According to the International Diabetes Federation, the condition is one of the fastest-growing health challenges of the 21st century, with the number of adults living with diabetes having more than tripled over the past 20 years. Today, they have calculated that 9.3% of adults aged 20–79 years – a staggering 463 million people – are living with diabetes. A further 1.1 million children and adolescents under the age of 20, live with type 1 diabetes.

The main reasons for uprising levels of the number of people diagnosed with diabetes are related to risk factors, which include rising levels of obesity, unhealthy diets and widespread physical inactivity.

How to prevent and lower the risk

There are interventions and lifestyle changes that can improve the health outcomes of people living with or at risk of diabetes. Healthier diet, regular physical activities, weight control and regular checks can help manage the risk of diabetes.

To respond to the diabetes challenge, however, governments must as well adopt multisectoral approaches and foster policies and prevention programmes tailored and coordinated across all sectors involved.

New program at WHO launched today to improve accessibility of insulin

Today, WHO launched first-ever insulin prequalification programme to expand access to life-saving treatment for diabetes especially in Low and Middle-Income countries where prices are still prohibitive for many patients. The decision is part of a series of steps WHO will take to address the growing diabetes burden in all regions.

The program is expected to increase the flow of quality-assured products on the international market, providing countries with greater choice and patients with lower prices.

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What we do?

At ISE, we are committed to advance prevention, management and care for diabetes. We offer a number of educational opportunities for physicians and caregivers. Learn more about Diabetes from our free educational materials by clicking on the links below:

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