International Diabetes Federation launches 6th Edition of the Diabetes Atlas on World Diabetes Day

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has released the latest edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas on World Diabetes Day – an international day to mark the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, the primary discoverer of insulin.

The Atlas contains new estimates on the global and regional prevalence of diabetes and the latest figures confirm that diabetes is on the increase in all countries. The data can be re-published because the IDF has set up a common user license. This allows the statistics presented in the Atlas to be used widely by news media, governments, and international organisations such as the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the World Economic Forum. It is also used by health professionals, scientists, economists, policy-makers, and national and international agencies.

The online Atlas allows users to see worldwide trends and also drill down to country level to make inter-country comparison. You will find the Atlas here: http://www.idf.org/diabetesatlas

The US Centre for Diseases Control has also produced a diabetes atlas which allows users to view data and trends for diagnosed diabetes (new and existing cases), obesity, and leisure-time physical inactivity at national, state, and county levels: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/atlas/index.htm

Anyone interested in a UK perspective on diabetes might be interested to listen to our webinar with Gavin Terry, Healthcare Policy Manager, Diabetes UK : http://www.instantatlas.com/health-charities-webinar.xhtml

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