Screening and early detection for hyperglycemia is a topic of considerable interest, and there is debate as to its overall benefits (1). Associate Professor Jonathan Shaw, Associate Director of the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and Leonor Guariguata, biostatistician at IDF tell us about the spread of the diabetes epidemic according to the Diabetes Atlas. The International Diabetes Federation has developed a methodology for generating country-level estimates of diabetes prevalence in adults (20–79 years). IDF’s mission is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide. Then, these samples were used in the IDF estimation procedure as conducted for the original data. Recently BADAS has been supported in its endeavor for children and adolescents by two programmes; viz the Changing Diabetes in Children program (a joint initiative of BADAS, the World Diabetes Foundation and Novo Nordisk), and the Life for a Child Programme (LFAC) supported by the IDF. (interestingly, these goals are reminiscent of those of the Canadian Obesity Network, Canada’s National Obesity organization, with the difference perhaps that obesity is a much larger issue than just diabetes).
3. Available at URL: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Diabetes/Pages/Introduction.aspx. The majority of all diabetes is type 2 diabetes (85%-95%), which in many cases can be prevented. The environment plays a large role, with “western” processed, sugar-rich foods and more sedentary lifestyles