Diabetes is a major global epidemic and places a huge burden on healthcare systems worldwide. The complications of type 2 diabetes (T2D) and related hospitalizations are major contributors to this burden, and there is strong evidence that the risk for these can be reduced by early action to identify and prevent progression of people at high risk of T2D and ensure tight glycemic control in those with established disease. In response to this, the Berlin Declaration was developed by four working groups of experts and ratified by healthcare professionals from 38 countries. Its aim is to act as a global call to action for early intervention in diabetes, in addition to providing short-, medium- and long-term targets that should be relevant to all nations. The Berlin Declaration focuses on four aspects of early action, and proposes actionable policies relating to each aspect: early detection, prevention, early control and early access to the right interventions. In addition, a number of treatment targets are proposed to provide goals for these policies. To ensure that the suggested policies are enacted in the most effective manner, the support of specialist care professionals is considered essential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)392-399
Number of pages8
JournalDiabetes Research and Clinical Practice
Early online date27 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018


  • Access to interventions
  • Berlin Declaration
  • Early action
  • Early control
  • Early detection
  • Prevention


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