NEW YORK, November 14 /PRNewswire/ --

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

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.

PRINCIPLES FOR POSITIVE CHANGE IN DIABETES CARE -- 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 programmes. -- 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 information. -- 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 industries. -- 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 countries.

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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