Use ❤ to Fight CVD & Diabetes
Worldwide, 463 million people – or one in 11 adults aged 20 to 79 years old – suffer from diabetes. They are twice more likely to develop cardiovascular disease (CVD), including coronary heart disease, heart failure and myocardial infarction, as well as stroke.
It is of great concern that one in two people with diabetes, namely 232 million people, are undiagnosed. And unless urgent and systemic action is taken, 629 million people are expected to suffer from diabetes by 2045.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the health vulnerabilities of people living with diabetes and/at-risk of CVD and exposed the under-investments in health systems for the prevention and management of non-communicable diseases.
Preventing and treating CVD in people living with diabetes call for sustained global action, investments in health systems and workforces, as well as multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary partnerships. It requires enforced prevention and detection of CVD among people living with diabetes, access to treatment & support for adherence to medication, as well as a better understanding of the interplay between NCD risk factors and the novel coronavirus.
In turn, these measures will make for more resilient populations, health systems and workforces when the next pandemic strikes.
For this reason, under the leadership of Prof. Laurence Sperling, Katz Professor & Founder of the Emory Center for Heart Disease, Chair of the WHF Roadmap on the Prevention of CVD among people living with Diabetes, will ensure our connection to best-in-class science in order to impactfully address the cardiovascular disease of those living with diabetes, an issue that has taken on epidemic proportions.