World Health Day and Diabetes (April 7, 2016)


Published: 6Apr2016

About 422 million people worldwide have diabetes, a number likely to more than double in the next 20 years, according to research published today by the World Health Organization. April 7, 2016 is World Health Day and the focus this year is on diabetes.

Kaberi Dasgupta, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University

“It is worth reflecting on the significance of the sharp rise in diabetes prevalence since the 1980s and the reality that it is a worldwide phenomenon. The sedentary nature of the modern workday and the accessibility of calorie-laden foods are not contained by borders. As individuals and societies, we have to address this issue head-on in how we plan and regulate our lives, schools, workplaces, and environments.”—Kaberi Dasgupta

Dr. Kaberi Dasgupta works in the Divisions of Internal Medicine, Clinical Epidemiology, and Endocrinology and Metabolism. She is now a Clinician Scientist with a research program that aims to provide concrete deliverables to optimize vascular health through behaviour change. She holds the Fonds de recherche Sante Quebec (FRQS) -Société québécoise d’hypertension artérielle (SQHA)-Jacques de Champlain Award and has over 50 published/in-press peer-reviewed articles. She leads the SMARTER trial (Step Monitoring to improve ARTERial health) that targets adults with type 2 diabetes or hypertension.

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