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Diabetes at 212 degrees: a call for action


About 415-million people worldwide have diabetes – and almost half don’t know they have it. The consequences can be devastating.

“Diabetes should be as hot a topic as any that exists in health care. But is anyone paying attention? We need to get to boiling point to drive change.” This was the message of Prof Desmond Schatz (MBBCh 1979), President of the American Diabetes Association, when he addressed more than 10 000 people at the 76th ADA Scientific Sessions in New Orleans on “the invisible disease”.

Listen to the webcast of his “fiery” address for more facts and real people’s stories, or watch him talk about his passion in an interview on YouTube.

Schatz is Medical Director of the Diabetes Institute at the University of Florida College of Medicine.