Half World Overweight by 2035

A global study presented to the UN predicts that more than half the world’s population will be classed as overweight or obese within 12 years if prevention, treatment and support do not improve. Compiled and published by the World Obesity Federation the report predicts more than 4 million people will be affected, with rates rising […]

Jordan Publishes Its National Nutrition Strategy

The Kingdom of Jordan’s 2023- 2030 National Nutrition Strategy indicates a high level of diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs), in addition to an increased prevalence of overweight and obesity across all age groups in the country. Findings suggest the country’s nutrition transition towards a diet higher in energy dense, highly-processed foods and beverages, and lower in […]

India Schools and Insulin

The Uttar Pradesh state government has recently decided to allow school students with Type 1 diabetes to carry insulin to classrooms. Although there are no rules to ban students carrying insulin, there were none in place to allow it. The intention is to ensure all schools are aware of the need for students with diabetes […]

Seychelles Survey on NCDs

The Seychelles’ health ministry has launched a population-based survey on cardiovascular diseases  and  other  non-communicable diseases to assess the distribution of health behaviours, diet and main risk factors in the whole population. The survey, which is being conducted between mid-August and December 2023 and will help local health authorities start the process to establish a better database on cardiovascular […]

Fijian Diabetes Epidemic

According to the Fijian Broadcasting Corporation, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has raised alarm over an “epidemic” of obesity in Fiji, which increases the risk of developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs). UNICEF Pacific Representative Jonathan Veitch said two-thirds of adults in Fiji are already overweight or obese and the number of overweight children is also […]

Italy 1st to Introduce T1 Screening for Children

The Italian government has become the first to introduce a National Paediatric Screening Law for type 1 diabetes. Introduced by the Vice-President of the Chamber of Deputies, Giorgio Mulè, the law was approved in the Health Commission. It is hoped the screening will help prevent children aged 1 to 17 most likely to be diagnosed […]

Type 1 Screening Studies Discussed

A three person panel discussed diabetes screening programs in their different countries. Anette-Gabriele Ziegler, MD, Professor and Director of the Institute of Diabetes Research at Helmholtz Center Munich revealed the findings from a screening programme looking for early stages of type 1 diabetes. It found around 80 percent of children and adolescents who develop type […]

IDF KiDS Programme

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) ‘Kids and Diabetes (KiDS) in Schools’ programme wants to highlight success stories from organisations that have implemented diabetes education activities in schools. The IDF KiDS programme aims to bring diabetes education to schools to fight diabetes-related stigma and promote healthy lifestyles for type 2 diabetes prevention. You can share your […]

Diabetes in Schools

A 6 million Australian Dollar (US 3.8m) diabetes in Schools program is hoped to help reduce the impact of type1 diabetes (T1D) for students, parents and schools. The programme should ensure that principals, teachers and school staff have the support, training and tools they need to support students with T1 diabetes at school. “A recent […]

T1 Screening Reaches N.Ireland

Funded by Diabetes UK and JDRF, ELSA (Early Surveillance for Autoimmune diabetes)  was first launched in England, Scotland and Wales in November 2022. The study aims to recruit 20,000 children, aged 3-13 years, to assess their risk of developing T1D through at-home finger-prick blood tests. Home testing kits are now available to families throughout Northern Ireland. Around […]

Pan American Ministers Agree NCD Policy

Ministers and health authorities in the ‘Region of the Americas’ have agreed to promote a series of interventions targeted at children, adolescents, and young adults aimed at preventing the development of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) including diabetes – the leading causes of ill health, disability, and death in the Region. Agreement was reached at the 60th […]