On this day new data on the number of people globally with diabetes has been published in the IDF Diabetes Atlas 6th edition. Worldwide, diabetes will increase 55% from 382 to 592 million people over the next 20 years; in Africa alone the increase is expected to be 110%. In my mind, these numbers are alarming and serve as a reminder to the importance of our mutual efforts to stop this epidemic. First and foremost we need to prevent people from getting diabetes. This can to a large degree be done with a healthy and active lifestyle to avoid obesity. For those who live with diabetes, the aim is to manage and control the disease in order to avoid acute and chronic complications. To do so, people need knowledge, access to care and supplies.
WDF is working both to prevent and treat diabetes every day in developing countries where health systems are often understaffed and underfunded. Today on World Diabetes Day we do the Global Diabetes Walk – to walk the talk and make some noise. We have walked and run ourselves and are proud to see so many of our project partners doing the same. You are doing a fantastic job in every corner of the world to raise awareness about diabetes. This cannot be done enough.
Happy World Diabetes Day and thanks for all your support
From Anders Dejgaard and the WDF team