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Dr. David Cavan

Director of Policy and Programmes

Until 2014 Dr David Cavan was a Consultant Physician at the Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine Centre Bournemouth, UK


Dr David Cavan MD, FRCP joined IDF on 2013 as Director of Policy and Programmes. He is a medical doctor, who previously worked as a Consultant Physician at the Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine centre, one of the leading diabetes centres in the UK. He has expertise in all areas of diabetes management, with particular interests in intensive management of type 1 diabetes, dietary management of type 2 diabetes and the development of self-management education programmes. His previous roles include Chair of the Education and Psychosocial Care Section of Diabetes UK, in which role he contributed to the development of the National Service Framework for Diabetes.The IDF is an umbrella organization of over 230 national diabetes associations in 170 countries and territories. It represents the interests of the growing number of people with diabetes and those at risk. The Federation has been leading the global diabetes community since 1950. At IDF, he oversees a number of programmes in many countries, aimed at promoting improved care for people with diabetes. These programmes cover paediatric care, gestational diabetes, foot care and retinopathy, in addition to programmes to support the education of people with diabetes and healthcare professionals.In 2014 he wrote his first book, ‘Reverse your diabetes: the step by step plan to take control of type 2 diabetes’ aimed at supporting people with type 2 diabetes make lifestyle changes that will help them best manage the condition.


Diabetes: the scourge of city living
The Guardian

January 13, 2016

Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges where urban living is concerned. According to figures from the International Diabetes Federation, in 2014 there were 387 million people globally suffering from diabetes. By 2035 that figure will be up to 592 million. Last year 4.9 million deaths around the world were due to diabetes; and many more people lost their eyesight, or had limbs amputated, because of the condition. People with diabetes are also four times more likely to have a stroke. “We’re talking about an epidemic that risks not just health systems, which could buckle under the strain, but even entire economies,” said David Cavan of the International Diabetes Foundation...

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More Than 24,000 Diabetic Patients Die Young Per Year: How To Prevent Diabetes Naturally
Tech Times

January 07, 2016

We have compiled a list of ways to help end your couch potato habits and prevent the risks for diabetes. Some of these are from Dr. David Cavan, an expert on diabetes self-management...

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IDF Atlas: About 415 Million Adults Worldwide Have Diabetes
MedScape Multispeciality

December 02, 2015

"The world is facing an unprecedented epidemic of diabetes," diabetologist David Cavan, MD, IDF director of policy and programs, said in a press briefing held during the Congress...

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Are diabetics being given diet advice that just makes their problems WORSE?
Daily Mail

October 08, 2015

'We know that type 2 diabetes develops when blood glucose rises above a certain level - and whether it's sugar, rice, bread or potatoes, these carbohydrates rapidly turn into glucose in your bloodstream and so should be avoided,' says Dr David Cavan, formerly a consultant physician at Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine Centre and now Director of Policy and Programmes at the International Diabetes Federation and author of Reverse Your Diabetes...

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Expert’s six-step plan to beat Type 2 diabetes crisis in UK
Daily Express

November 08, 2014

World-renowned specialist Dr David Cavan says sufferers can beat the killer condition with a six-step plan.And with the number of diabetes patients set to soar in the UK this is a “golden moment” to help stem the tide of Type 2 diabetes.Dr Cavan hands patients a lifeline with a simple regime which can reverse the devastating illness. His plan includes adopting a healthy diet, getting support from your family, boosting exercise, assessing current diabetes drugs, keeping up to date with monitoring the condition – and, finally, being realistic about what you want to achieve...

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Preventing childhood obesity by reducing consumption of carbonated drinks: cluster randomised controlled trial
British Medical Journal

2004OBJECTIVE: To determine if a school based educational programme aimed at reducing consumption of carbonated drinks can prevent excessive weight gain in children...

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The effect of evening alcohol consumption on next-morning glucose control in type 1 diabetes
Diabetes Care

2001OBJECTIVE: Alcohol is associated with acute hypoglycemia in patients with type 1 diabetes. After drinking alcohol in the evening, delayed hypoglycemia has also been described, although its cause is unknown. We performed a controlled study to investigate this phenomenon.

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DiasNet—a diabetes advisory system for communication and education via the internet
International Journal of Medical Informatics

2001Intensive diabetes treatment can lead to a substantial reduction of the rate of the complications associated with diabetes. However, a number of patients may have poor control despite specialist care, and this along with devolution of care to non-specialists ...

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Screening for diabetic retinopathy using computer based image analysis and statistical classification
Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine

2000Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common causes of blindness in Europe. However, efficient therapies do exist. An accurate and early diagnosis and correct application of treatment can prevent blindness in more than 50% of all cases. Digital imaging is ...

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Susceptibility to IDDM in a Chinese population: role of HLA class II alleles

1992MHC associations with IDDM in a Chinese population were studied to investigate genetic susceptibility to the disorder. The frequency of HLA-DR3 was significantly higher in the diabetic patients (19/49 [38.7%] vs. control subjects, 11/105 [10.5%], P c< 1.3× 10− 3, ...

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Diabetes Education



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University of Southampton : Medicine

University of Southampton : Medicine

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