Cost-effective strategies for the prevention of diabetes are available. However, because they require changes in diet, physical activity and lifestyle, they will require whole-of-government implementation, rather than unilateral action by the governmental agency responsible for health, in order to change nutrition, public behaviour and the environment we live in. Diabetes is a global problem and needs a global solution.
Much needs to be done. But progress can only be made if strategies are based on accurate data and are evidence-based. The Diabetes Atlas provides health planners with the evidence needed to translate IDF’s vision into action.