… focus on diabetes pandemic

The World Diabetes Congress starts in Melbourne this Monday 2 December 2013 with a record attendance of 10,000 delegates.

It is a great credit to Australia to be hosting this two yearly event, said Guy Barnett Diabetes Australia Ambassador, today.

“The best global minds will be here to help find solutions to this pandemic that has gone global.

“Type 2 diabetes is a preventable pandemic. There are an estimated 382 million people with diabetes in the world and that is expected to rise to 592 million by 2035. 4.6 million people die from the disease each year, being one person every 7 seconds, more than double the deaths from AIDS and malaria combined.

“Four out of five new cases of type 2 diabetes in the world are in low and middle income countries. China has an estimated 114 million people with type 2 diabetes and India 64 million. Rapid economic growth has brought millions out of poverty, but with it access to energy-dense food high in salt sugar and fat, televisions and technology, sedentary lives at work and at home, improved but ‘non-active’ transport and more urban living.

“Western lifestyles, like the internet have gone global.

“An ageing population and the highest levels of obesity and chronic disease in the country all work against us in Tasmania. Australia now has a national diabetes plan and there are ways to halt this rampant 21st century epidemic, Mr Barnett.

Guy Barnett who is on the Australian organising committee is a speaker at the Congress as is Caroline Thomas from Hobart.

Guy Barnett is also Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Champions for Diabetes forum which is from 30 November to 2 December. This forum is a global first. We have nearly 100 global and local senior members of parliament and Ministers for Health from across the globe with the purpose of launching the first global network of parliamentarians for diabetes. Wasim Akram former Pakistan fast bowler with type 1 diabetes and Hon Julie Bishop Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister will kick off our forum at the MCG this Saturday night at the welcome dinner. I am excited and a bit nervous, Mr Barnett concluded.
Guy Barnett Diabetes Australia Ambassador, www.guybarnett.com