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Diabetes Surgery 2nd World Congress
Date:3/16/2011

"In particular, I'd like to thank the American Diabetes Association for partnering with us in this initiative and the International Diabetes Federation, which has chosen this Congress as the venue for announcing its new position statement on diabetes surgery."

IDF Statement

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF), an umbrella organization for more than 200 diabetes associations in more than 160 countries, will present its first position statement on metabolic surgery and gastrointestinal interventions for the treatment of diabetes. The IDF will urge the international community to give greater consideration to surgery as a legitimate treatment option for diabetes in appropriate candidates.

Today, an estimated 285 million people across the globe suffer from Type 2 diabetes. That number is expected to nearly double by 2030. Obesity and Type 2 diabetes used to be associated with affluent countries, but their most dramatic increases are occurring in the developing world -- especially the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and India. According to Dr. Paul Zimmet, director emeritus for the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute at the International Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia, who is also representing the IDF at the Congress, "While metabolic surgery is likely to be more immediately relevant for patients with diabetes in the wealthy countries of the North, diabetes specialists on every continent are eager to learn about this promising new treatment option."

The American Diabetes Association: Educational Partner

The American Diabetes Association has stepped forward as an educational partner with the World Congress, committing to raise awareness and sponsor research in order to answer many outstanding questions surrounding surgical intervention for Type 2 diabetes.

"The epidemic rise of Type 2 diabetes is clearly linked to rising rates of obesity, driven in turn by significant cultural, dietary,
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Contact: Takla Boujaoude
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New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center/Weill Cornell Medical College
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