Government action to support families
The diagnosis of diabetes can be difficult for the individual. The impact diabetes can have on a family is often overlooked. Families have a significant role to play in supporting any family member with diabetes to help that individual to manage their condition.
While the diabetes epidemic has become a concern for the public, there is also a strong perception that those in a position to bring about change are not taking the right steps to prevent this non-communicable disease from drastically effecting lives.
IDF recently asked people across the globe to evaluate the governmental response to diabetes. “Does your government have a responsibility?” We asked. “Is your government doing enough?” Globally, 44 percent of people believe that their government has a responsibility to provide diabetes care. But only 17 percent think their government is doing enough to tackle the disease.
With the majority of cases of diabetes preventable, there are significant cost savings to be made by investing in education and prevention. If governments were to do more, such as providing guidance to the one-in-five health professionals who have not received postgraduate training on diabetes, they would support the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes and its complications, helping to build a more sustainable future. As a consequence, they would spend less money on treating people with diabetes when it’s already too late. This could be money saved and misery avoided.
We firmly believe that people with diabetes and their families should have regular and affordable access to the care, education and support that is required to live a full and healthy life with the condition.
Stop the epidemic in its tracks
At IDF, we campaign constantly for diabetes to be put at the top of the global health agenda so that it receives the attention that its serious and far-reaching impact deserves.
The research we have done in both developing and high-income countries shows the global population is demanding more action to treat and prevent diabetes, with the introduction of new lifestyle-led initiatives having the added long-term benefit of reducing medical expenditure.
Diabetes is a serious problem and it is not going away. Governments can go a long way to prevent the unnecessary death and disability of millions of people across the world. We need to work together to make the changes today that will protect the health of families tomorrow.
 IDF World Diabetes Day 2018 Report, Arlington Research, August 2018. Available on request.
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