Consistent to our promise to support activities of and to join our voice with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in raising awareness about the need to prioritise and improve diabetes prevention and 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 the family being at the “heart” of World Diabetes Day in 2018 and 2019, themed as ‘The Family and Diabetes – Diabetes Concerns Every Family’, the aim of the ISA online activities is to encourage family support and to raise awareness of the important role family members can play in the prevention, detection and management of diabetes. Therefore, by developing engaging online materials such as an animated video and infographics, we would like to urge families to understand that ‘It’s a Family Thing!’, because diabetes care starts from home.
Aiming to help raise awareness of the role family can play in diabetes prevention and management, the ISA integrated online programme for World Diabetes Day this year, under the umbrella theme ‘It’s a Family Thing!', consists of an inspirational animated video and an engaging infographic, translated in different languages so that the message can travel in many countries around the world.
The ISA online activities for WDD 2018 also complement the educational materials that have been developed over the last years in the context of WDD 2016 and of WDD 2017, and which informed 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 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).
Watch the ISA animated video in support of World Diabetes Day 2018 and find out why family’s role is key in diabetes prevention, detection and care. Because family is the best team you can have in life. A powerful ally!
Download the ISA infographic in your language to find out how family members can support persons with diabetes in the family and why each member has a unique, key role to play. The ISA infographic also provides information on the “right diet for diabetes”. In fact, there is no particular “diabetes diet”. This is simply a healthy family diet with some adjustments to the individual’s needs.
You may download the ISA infographic in different languages below:
Low calorie sweeteners offer people with diabetes broader food choices by providing the pleasure of sweet taste without affecting blood glucose control2,3. 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 diabetes4. As low calorie sweeteners provide no carbohydrates, they lead to a lower rise in blood sugar levels after meals if consumed instead of sugar5.
Do not miss to watch again 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 for World Diabetes Day last year, we have developed a short 2-minute video integrating different experts’ views on the use of low calorie sweeteners by people with diabetes.
To access the individual video interviews with experts, please visit the ISA video library by clicking here.
The theme for World Diabetes Day and World Diabetes Month 2018 and 2019 is “The Family and Diabetes”.
“A two-year timeframe has been chosen to best facilitate planning, development, promotion and participation. Materials and actions that IDF will develop over the two years of the campaign6 will aim to:
More information about World Diabetes Day 2018 is available on the official WDD website by clicking here.
Stay tuned on ISA social media profiles to find out why with family support diabetes management, keeping your blood glucose under control and living a healthy life can be easier!
To read the ISA press release for World Diabetes Day 2018, please click here.