Type 2 Diabetes is Preventable, But Governments Must Act Now

    BRUSSELS, Belgium, April 4 /CNW/ - The diabetes pandemic is threatening
to overwhelm global healthcare services. However, lifestyle changes, the
targeting of individuals at high risk, and environmental changes can effect
dramatic improvements.
    The new International Diabetes Federation (IDF) consensus on diabetes
prevention calls on governments worldwide to act now by developing National
Diabetes Prevention Plans and opportunistic screening programmes to identify
those at high risk of developing the disease.
    Professor Sir George Alberti and IDF invite you to a press briefing to
launch the new consensus at the 2nd International Congress on "Prediabetes"
the Metabolic Syndrome in Barcelona. A virtual transmission (webcast) of the
launch will take place the following day where you will be able to view and
listen to the presentations online.

    Press Briefing: Thursday 26th April at 12.30-14.00 (CET)

    Hall H, Palacio de Congresos de Cataluna, Barcelona.

    A buffet lunch and refreshments will be available.

    Webcast: Friday 27th April at 09:00 (CET),

    Chairman: Professor Sir George Alberti, Senior Research Fellow at
Imperial College, London; National Clinical Director for Emergency Access, UK;
Past President IDF

    Contributions from: Professor Paul Zimmet, Director, International
Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, Australia

    Professor Jean-Claude Mbanya, Vice Dean, Faculty of Medicine and
Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon, President-Elect, IDF

    Professor Avi Friedman, Professor of Architecture at McGill University,
Montreal, Canada

    - For further updates on this event and for pre-testing your computer's
configuration, please visit: http://www.idf.org/webcast/barcelona

    - More information on the Barcelona Congress can be found online at

For further information:

For further information: or to interview one of the participants, please
contact Kait Ayres from Mandarin Healthcare Communications, or Anne Pierson
from IDF; Kait Ayres, Tel: +44-(0)7850-374-860, Fax: +44-1727-854-239, On
site: +44-(0)7850-374-860, Email: kait.ayres@talk21.com; Anne Pierson, Tel:
+322-543-1623, Fax: +322-538-5114, On site: +32475-343788, Email:

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