Monday, June 12, 2006

Diabetes: A Worldwide Epidemic

According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF):
  • 20 years ago, in 1985, there were 30 million people with diabetes worldwide.
  • Today, in 2006, there are more than 230 million people with diabetes worldwide.
  • 20 years from now, there are projected to be 350 million people with diabetes worldwide.

"Diabetes is one of the biggest health catastrophes the world has ever seen. The diabetes epidemic will overwhelm healthcare resources everywhere if governments do not wake up and take action now."
- Dr. Martin Silink, president-elect of the IDF

To address this burgeoning health crisis, the IDF this Saturday launched its Unite for Diabetes campaign. The project seeks to gain support for a United Nations Resolution that will raise awareness for diabetes - leading to actions that can better manage and ultimately prevent this disease globally.

For more information or to learn how you can get involved, visit the IDF's Unite for Diabetes site.


For a news summary (New York Times):
Concern Grows Over Increase in Diabetes Around World