Promote education on diabetes for a healthier tomorrow

ISA awareness and educational campaign for World Diabetes Day 2022

Brussels, 14th November 2022: Today, the International Sweeteners Association (ISA) is delighted to renew its support to World Diabetes Day (WDD) for the eleventh consecutive year, joining the call to action from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to highlight the need for better access to quality diabetes education to protect tomorrow.1

Promoting better access to diabetes education

More than half a billion people are currently living with diabetes worldwide and millions more are at risk of developing diabetes. One in two people with diabetes don’t know they have the disease and remain undiagnosed. Importantly also, it is predicted that by 2030 the number of adults living with diabetes will rise to 643 million, and to 784 million by 2045.2 Therefore, people living with diabetes need access to ongoing diabetes education, including on nutrition, to understand their condition and carry out the daily self-care essential to staying healthy and avoiding complications.

Join the workshop organised by the Mexican Diabetes Federation

Healthcare professionals are invited to join the workshop organised on 23rd November 2022 from 5:00 to 7:00pm, Mexico City time (midnight to 2:00am CET on 24th November), by the Mexican Diabetes Federation (Federación Mexicana de Diabetes – FMD) and supported by the ISA on the theme ‘Uses and benefits of low/no calorie sweeteners’. More information on the programme and registration is available here.

Discover the latest dietary guidelines for obesity and diabetes management

A webinar by the European Federation of Associations of Dietitians (EFAD) and its European Specialist Dietetic Network (ESDN) on Obesity taking place in November 2022 (exact date TBC) will present the latest nutritional guidelines for obesity and diabetes management, including about the role of sugars and low/no calorie sweeteners. More information will be available soon.

Education on low/no calorie sweeteners can help people living with diabetes: ISA campaign for WDD 2022

Both health professionals and people living with diabetes need to have better access to nutrition education in diabetes, including about the role of low/no calorie sweeteners in diabetes control.

Low/no calorie sweeteners offer people with diabetes broader food choices by providing the pleasure of sweet taste without affecting blood glucose control.3 Studies show that unlike carbohydrates, low/no calorie sweeteners do not raise blood sugar level,4,5 and that people with diabetes can use them safely. This is also recognised by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which authorised the health claim that low/no calorie sweeteners used as a replacement for sugars induce a lower blood sugar rise after consumption compared to sugar-containing foods and drinks.6

The ISA website provides numerous educational materials on low/no calorie sweeteners’ role in diabetes, including recordings of previous webinars and scientific events, as well as various resources for healthcare professionals that have been developed with the aim to provide evidence-based scientific information on the safety, use, role and benefits of low/no calorie sweeteners, such as the infographic: ‘Low/no calorie sweeteners in diabetes’ and the media factsheet ‘Diabetes and Blood Sugar Control with Low/no Calorie Sweeteners’.

ISA activities for World Diabetes Day have been endorsed by diabetes organisations including the Brazilian diabetes association7(ANAD), the Colombian Diabetology Federation8 (FDC), the Mexican Diabetes Federation9 (FMD) and the Brazilian Federation of Diabetes’ Organisations10 (FENAD).

Share the ISA campaign for World Diabetes Day 2022 on social media with your friends, family and network by using the dedicated hashtags #ISA4WDD, #WDD2022 and #EducationToProtect.

Follow @SweetenersAndU, ISA Facebook and LinkedIn pages, and subscribe to the ISA YouTube channel to find out more about this campaign and webinars and to advance your knowledge on what can be done to prevent or manage diabetes!

More information about ISA activities for World Diabetes Day is available here.

  1. World Diabetes Day (WDD) 2022. Available at:
  2. IDF Diabetes Atlas. Available at:
  3. Diabetes UK. The use of low or no calorie sweeteners. Position Statement (Updated December 2018). Available at:
  4. Nichol AD, Holle MJ, An R. Glycemic impact of non-nutritive sweeteners: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Eur J Clin Nutr 2018; 72: 796-804
  5. Greyling A, Appleton KM, Raben A, Mela DJ. Acute glycemic and insulinemic effects of low-energy sweeteners: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2020; 112(4): 1002-1014
  6. EFSA Scientific opinion on the substantiation of health claims related to intense sweeteners. EFSA 2011 Journal 9(6): 2229, and 9(4): 2076
  7. Associação Nacional de Atenção ao Diabetes
  8. Federación Diabetológica Colombiana
  9. Federación Mexicana de Diabetes
  10. Federação Nacional de Associações e Entitades de Diabetes