Data-driven policies needed to turn the tide on diabetes

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed stark realities for governments and the global health
community to face and learn from. One of these is that people living with non-communicable
diseases (NCDs), including people living with diabetes, are paying the price for chronic
underspending on health by governments. Diabetes is a devastating condition, which
alongside cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, and mental
and neurological conditions, has long been side-lined by politicians and policy makers.
Only now, with mounting evidence of the linkages between NCDs and COVID-19, is this
neglect being recognised as a failure of political leadership and public policy.

  • Hill MA
  • Mantzoros C
  • Sowers JR
Commentary: COVID-19 in patients with diabetes.