International Diabetes Experts Call for Stepped-Up Action and Shared Responsibility to Curb Rising Global Diabetes Epidemic and Impact

    To Mark First-Ever United Nations World Diabetes Day, Experts Publish
    Practical Guidance to Help Achieve Mission of UN Resolution on Diabetes

    NEW YORK, Nov. 14 /CNW/ -- The Global Partnership for Effective Diabetes
Management today called for an overhaul in the world's attitude and approach
toward diabetes treatment and prevention in order to reverse the rising
diabetes epidemic recently recognised by the first United Nations (UN) World
Diabetes Day.  In a new publication titled UN Resolution on Diabetes: "Time to
Put Fine Words into Action," the Global Partnership urges national
governments, the general population and the global diabetes community to take
action and share responsibility in the global fight against diabetes.  The new
publication appears in the December issue of the International Journal of
Clinical Practice and is currently available online at the journal's Web site
    "The UN Resolution is a major milestone as it recognises diabetes as a
serious, growing and costly threat to individual and world health.  The
staggering statistics of this disease show that there is absolutely no room
for complacency," said Martin Silink, International Diabetes Federation
President and campaign lead for the UN Resolution on Diabetes.  "In order for
the UN Resolution to have true significance and real-world impact, we must
join together to effectively implement proactive initiatives such as those
outlined in the Global Partnership's publication."
    Comprised of leading international diabetes experts, the Global
Partnership is a global task force committed to providing practical advice to
improve diabetes care.  In the new publication, the experts respond to the UN
Resolution's call to action by offering practical guidance to inspire and
empower all members of the diabetes community to take action to improve
diabetes care -- from healthcare providers, to patients, to national
governments.  These examples highlight the benefits of early and intensive
intervention to prevent diabetes complications; focus on the value of a team
approach to disease management with the patient at the centre for better
results; and underscore the need for changes in health policy and practice to
deliver a long-term, lasting impact on patient and public health worldwide.
    "If we don't take action now, by 2025 almost 400 million people will be
living with diabetes globally.  Clearly, current approaches to diabetes
prevention and care are not working well enough," said Professor Stefano Del
Prato, chair of the Global Partnership and professor of endocrinology at the
University of Pisa, Italy.  "No single patient, physician, government or
region is equipped to confront diabetes alone.  It is critical to address this
public health crisis in a shared, multidisciplinary way to motivate and to
empower individuals with diabetes to take control of their condition."
    UN Resolution on Diabetes: "Time to Put Fine Words into Action"
    To bring about a positive, meaningful impact on the global diabetes
epidemic, the international experts advocate for the following actions from
key stakeholders in diabetes care.  These principles alone are not radical,
but if implemented and sustained globally, they lay the groundwork for a
worldwide revolution in diabetes prevention and management.


     (*) Diabetes should be prioritized as a public health initiative.
     (*) There is a need for unified policies to facilitate exchange of best
       practice, raise awareness and implement effective prevention
     (*) Collaborative efforts between global and regional diabetes associations
       and governments enable improved, earlier and more intensive diabetes
       care with improved outcomes.  Non-governmental organisations can be an
       important third pillar supporting the foundation for a change in
       diabetes care.
     (*) Improved public understanding is critical for early diagnosis and
       prevention of diabetes.
     (*) Successful public awareness in primary prevention measures should adopt
       a holistic, multidisciplinary approach with comprehensive diabetes
       training for healthcare professionals to ensure consistency of
     (*) A patient-centred management strategy has proven successful in
       motivating individuals to actively self-manage their condition.
     (*) Prevention programmes should encompass the wider problem of obesity and
       sedentary lifestyles and involve other sectors including food
     (*) Regular reporting and benchmarking are important to assess the impact
       of new strategies.
    "By changing the way we approach diabetes, we can make a difference in
preventing this disease, slowing its progression and reducing its devastating
complications," stressed Professor Del Prato.  "By building understanding of
diabetes, fostering a multidisciplinary team approach with shared goals and
responsibilities backed by a supportive infrastructure; and implementing
coordinated campaigns of complementary activities, we can build long-term
improvements in diabetes care."
    Global Prevalence of Diabetes
    Worldwide, diabetes currently affects 246 million people.  By 2025, it is
expected to affect almost 400 million and the World Health Organisation (WHO)
estimates increases in diabetes rates will occur in developing countries
because of population growth, ageing, unhealthy diets, obesity and sedentary
lifestyles.  Further, WHO estimates that in 2025, most people with diabetes in
developed countries will be aged 65 years or older, while in developing
countries most people aged 35 to 64 will be affected in their most productive
years.  The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) predicts that in this same
time frame, the largest prevalence of diabetes will be in developing
    About World Diabetes Day
    World Diabetes Day, organized by IDF and supported by WHO, is the primary
global awareness campaign of the diabetes world.  It brings together millions
of people in more than 160 countries and was introduced in response to concern
over the escalating incidence of diabetes around the world.
    About The Global Partnership for Effective Diabetes Management
    The Global Partnership for Effective Diabetes Management is a
multidisciplinary taskforce of internationally respected diabetes experts from
leading institutions and diabetes organisations, committed to improving
treatment outcomes for people with type 2 diabetes.  Through educational
initiatives, the group aims to provide healthcare professionals with the
guidance and support to help increase the proportion of their patients who
achieve recommended treatment goals for glucose control.
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