NPHIs lead efforts in World Diabetes Day

November 21, 2014

by Christina Craig

Worldwide, nearly 350 million people are living with diabetes, and that number is expected to double by 2030, according to the WHO. Recognizing the increasing burden of diabetes and its effect on global morbidity and mortality rates, NPHIs are working hard to promote healthier lifestyles and improve access to diabetes screening and treatment.

On World Diabetes Day, celebrated this year on November 14th, NPHIs joined the International Diabetes Federation and WHO in raising awareness about diabetes prevention and treatment. Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica (INSP), shared results of research published last year on the current trends of diabetes in Mexico.  INSP’s research included conducting national surveys, analyzing diabetes risk factors, evaluating existing interventions for obesity (a common co-morbidity with diabetes), and encouraging the population to practice healthy lifestyles.

The U.S. CDC explained key terms relating to diabetes, and discussed disease risks in a World Diabetes Day blog post. In the post, the CDC shared ideas for cooking easy, balanced meals at home and finding time to engage in physical activity, even with a busy schedule.

Both NPHIs highlight the importance of eating healthy and engaging in daily physical activity, which are healthy habits for all, whether at high risk for diabetes or not.