World Diabetes Day 2017

ISA stands by women with diabetes in supporting their right to a healthy future. ISA contributes to IDF’s activities on World Diabetes Day with an online campaign themed ‘Do it for you’

Being keenly aware of the increasing rate of diabetes globally and of the importance to join our voice with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in raising awareness about the need to prioritise diabetes management, the International Sweeteners Association (ISA) proudly supports World Diabetes Day (WDD) on 14th November for yet another year by developing an engaging online activity programme with the scientific support of the European Specialist Dietetic Network for Diabetes of the European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD).

With women being at the “heart” of World Diabetes Day this year, themed as ‘Women and diabetes – Our right to a healthy future’, the aim of the ISA online activities is to encourage women to make their diabetes management one of their core priorities among other important and never-ending women’s tasks and daily activities. Therefore, by developing engaging online materials such as an animated video and infographics, we would like to urge women to ‘Do it for you’, because the better women get their diabetes under control, the better they’ll feel and the better they’ll be able to keep up with everything else in that endlessly busy, but rewarding thing called life.


‘Do it for You’: An ISA online activity programme in support of WDD 2017

The core of the ISA integrated online programme for World Diabetes Day this year, under the umbrella theme ‘Do it for You’, consists of an inspirational animated video and an engaging infographic, which aim to help raise awareness among women that managing diabetes might sound scary at first but it can be easier than women might believe, if they just place diabetes management and glucose control as one of their priorities in life and further make small steps towards a healthier diet and lifestyle.

The ISA online activities for WDD 2017 also complement the educational materials that have been developed last year in the context of WDD 2016, and which intended to communicate on the importance of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle1 and the value that starting with simple steps can bring towards living a healthier life to prevent, or manage, type 2 diabetes and its serious complications.

In developing these online materials over the last two years, the ISA had the valuable scientific support of the European Specialist Dietetic Network for Diabetes of the European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD).

ISA animated video: ‘Do it for YOU’

Watch the ISA animated video in support of World Diabetes Day 2017 and find out why it is important to ‘Do it for YOU’:

This animated video is also available with subtitles in the following languages:

ISA infographic: ‘Do it for you’ and for a healthier future

Download the ISA infographic in your language to find out why by prioritising your diabetes management and by bringing your family and friends on board you can make it easier for you to keep your blood glucose under control and for all to live a healthier life!

You can download the ISA infographic in different languages below:

The role of low calorie sweeteners in the diet of people with diabetes

Low calorie sweeteners offer people with diabetes broader food choices by providing the pleasure of sweet taste without affecting blood glucose2. As low calorie sweeteners have no impact on insulin and blood sugar levels and do not provide calories, they can also have a role to play in weight management for people with type 2 diabetes3. As low calorie sweeteners provide no carbohydrates, they lead to a lower rise in blood sugar levels after meals if consumed instead of sugar4.

Do not miss a 2-minute video featuring renowned experts’ views on low calorie sweeteners’ role in the diet of people with diabetes

In the context of the ISA online activities on World Diabetes Day 2017, we have developed a short 2-minute video integrating different experts’ views on the use of low calorie sweeteners by people with diabetes. The more detailed individual video interviews with all experts can alreadt be accessed in the ISA database of videos on the ISA website and on the ISA YouTube channel.

To access the individual video interviews with experts please click on the links below:

  • Click here to watch the video interview with Dr John Sievenpiper, University of Toronto, Canada;
  • Click here to watch the video interview with Prof Maria Hassapidou, Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece

Some key facts about women with diabetes and World Diabetes Day 2017

The World Diabetes Day 2017 is focused on women and diabetes because it is estimated that there are currently over 199 million women living with diabetes and this total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040. Furthermore, approximately one in seven births is affected by gestational diabetes (GDM), a severe and neglected threat to maternal and child health. As a result of socioeconomic conditions, women with diabetes may experience barriers in accessing diabetes prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and care, particularly in developing countries.5

The World Diabetes Day 2017 campaign aims to promote the importance of equitable access for all women at risk for or living with diabetes to the essential diabetes medicines and technologies, self-management education and information they require to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes and to strengthen their capacity to prevent type 2 diabetes. Read more about World Diabetes Day and download more resources on women and diabetes, including for use on social media on the World Diabetes Day website here.

The ISA campaign for #WDD2017 goes social!

Stay tuned on ISA social media profiles to find out why by prioritising your diabetes management you can make it easier to keep your blood glucose under control and to live a healthy life!

So don’t forget to use the dedicated hashtag #ISA4WDD and to follow @SweetenersAndU, ISA Facebook and LinkedIn pages, and to subscribe to the ISA YouTube channel!

To read the ISA press release for World Diabetes Day 2017, please click here.

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  2. Tucker RM., Tan S-Y. Do non-nutritive sweeteners influence acute glucose homeostasis in humans? A systematic review. Physiology and Behaviour 2017; 182: 17-26
  3. Gardner C, et al. Nonnutritive sweeteners: current use and health perspectives: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes Care. (2012) Aug;35(8):1798-808
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  5. World Diabetes Day 2017. Available online: