The International Diabetes Federation calls on national government to implement policies to reduce sugar consumption and advocates specific measures to increase access to healthy alternatives such as fresh fruit and vegetables and clean drinking water, in order to help prevent new cases of type 2 diabetes. The IDF framework for action on sugar proposes twelve clear measures which demonstrates IDF’s commitment to continuous engagement with national governments and the World Health Organisation in order to stem the inexorable rise in cases of type 2 diabetes.
IDF advocates for the following specific measures (specifically for sugar-sweetened beverages):
- A ban on selling sugar-sweetened beverages and high sugar foods in canteens and vending machines in schools and policies to restrict access in workplaces.
- Government incentives (including taxes) to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and high sugar foods.