IDF raising awareness of World Diabetes Day

Fri, 06 Nov 2009
November 14th is World Diabetes Day, the most significant event in the calendar for many people with diabetes . The need to raise awareness of diabetes is growing every year alongside a massive increase in the number of people diagnosed with diabetes .

Recently, the International Diabetes Federation released the 4th Edition of the Diabetes Atlas, revealing that some 285 million people are now living with diabetes . By 2030, the IDF predict that 435 million people worldwide will have the disease.

In advance of World Diabetes Day, the President of the IDF, Professor Jean Claude Mbanya was reported in diabetes news as saying: "Diabetes is claiming four million lives each year," he said. "It is ravaging communities and threatening economies. We must improve care and stop the many millions at risk from developing the disease. With a growing cost of over 376 billion dollars a year, either we make healthy life choices available and affordable now, or pay billions more tomorrow."
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