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November 14 is World Diabetes Day. The International Diabetes Federation and World Health Organization created the event in 1991 to address the worsening concerns caused by Diabetes in the lives of an increasing number of people, globally. The disease has left so many limited in terms of what they can do and eat, therefore putting a cap to their over all well being.
 
Since 1980, the population of people with diabetes continues to increase, leaving more and more people vulnerable to blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke, lower limb amputation and in some cases, it leads to death. In the most recent estimate in 2015, 1.6 million deaths were said to be directly caused by diabetes.
 
Diabetes is a chronic disease caused by insufficient insulin or the body’s inability to effectively use the insulin it creates. Insulin is a hormone produced by the beta cells in the pancreas that is designed to regulate blood glucose levels.
 
Despite all the danger it poses, Diabetes is highly preventable and can be treated with the right diet, exercise, proper medication and regular screening and treatment for complications.
 
Each year the Diabetes Federation decides on a theme for the month, and this year they have declared the campaign of November to be Women and Diabetes. The International Diabetes Federation’s campaign this year will put forward the “…importance of affordable and equitable access for all women at risk for or living with diabetes to the essential diabetes medicines and technologies, self-management education and information they require to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes and strengthen their capacity to prevent type 2 diabetes.”
 
The organization has made creative resources available for anyone to use to promote the cause for women with diabetes and children as well as the families they care for. They have designed posters, digital ads, email templates, merchandise, applications and information guide to equipped anyone with the heart to help in achieving the goals. They also formulated ways and suggestions on how you can stage your own event and encourage participation in various means. To learn more and to become a much efficient advocate visit https://www.idf.org.
 
Please consult your doctor to know the best option that fits your health situation.
 
Sources:
“Diabetes.” World Health Organization. http://www.who.int/diabetes/en/
“What is Insulin?” Medical News Today. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/info/diabetes/whatisinsulin.php
“World Diabetes Day. World Diabetes Day. http://worlddiabetesday.org

 

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