Prof Andrew Boulton, President, International Diabetes Federation, calls for more to be done to improve access to diabetes education
Healthcare systems around the world are struggling to keep up with the rising tide of diabetes, and diabetes education is becoming more necessary by the year. More than half a billion people are now living with the condition and this figure is expected to exceed 640 million by 2030, according to the latest figures from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).
In 2021 alone, diabetes led to 6.7 million deaths. This indicates a pressing need for better education and care to help people living with diabetes manage their condition and avoid life-threatening complications. Healthcare professionals must know how to detect and diagnose diabetes early and provide the best possible care. People living with diabetes need access to ongoing education to understand their condition and carry out the daily self-care essential to staying healthy and avoiding complications.