World Diabetes Day 2015: 14 November 2015

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is celebrating the World Diabetes Day (WDD) on 14 November 2015.

This year the focus is on Healthy Eating as a key factor in the fight against diabetes.

Key Messages:

Healthy eating

  • Can help prevent the onset of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Is an important part of the effective management of all types of diabetes to help avoid complications

Diabetes is a huge and growing burden: whilst some 387 million adults were living with diabetes in 2014, this number is expected to skyrocket to around 600 million people by 2035.

Delayed diagnosis means that many people with type 2 diabetes suffer from at least one complication by the time they are diagnosed with diabetes.

A healthy lifestyle could prevent up to 70% of type 2 diabetes, healthy eating can help reduce risks.

A healthy diet containing leafy vegetables, fresh fruit, whole grains, lean meat, unsweetened yogurt and nuts can help reduce a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes and reduce complications in people with diabetes.

More of us will develop and live with type 1 diabetes. While type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented, a healthy lifestyle is an important part of effective management of the disease.

Encouraging healthy eating habits in young children is key to halting the rise of the diabetes epidemic. By ensuring the health of future generations, we take a step toward ensuring sustainable development.

Global health spending to treat diabetes and manage complications was estimated to cost USD 612 billion in 2014.

Up to 11% of total healthcare expenditure in every country across the globe could be saved by tackling the preventable risk factors for type 2 diabetes.

The number of people with diabetes in low- and middle-income countries will continue to grow, posing a threat to sustainable development. For example by 2035, the number of people with diabetes in the African region is expected to double.

Useful Links:

Link to the WDD web page:

Link to the Key Messages of WDD 2015:

Link to WDD 2015 page with downloadable resources to get involved:

Link to the IDF Framework for Action on Sugar (PDF):

Link to the WDD 2015 Press kit:

Link to WDD 2015 Facts and Figures:

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