World Diabetes Day

On 12 November 2020 by Droobi

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The World Diabetes Day is celebrated on 14th of November every year. This was established in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation along with WHO to create an awareness around the world about Diabetes. This day is consecrated for everyone to know more about the management and the prevention of diabetes.

 

The theme for the year 2020 is Diabetes and Educators.

 

Diabetes Educators play a very important role in the management of this disease. Proper education and awareness are pillars for diabetes management. Educators work closely with patients to develop a suitable treatment plan, educate on nutrition, exercise, blood sugar logging, mental health, complications, and medications to promote wellbeing. They help patients and their families to excel at diabetes self-management, aim for balanced lifestyle, build healthy habits and gain control of their health.

 

Most people do not really know they are diabetic until they get tested. Symptoms could include excessive thirst and dry mouth, frequent urination, lack of energy, tiredness, slow healing wounds, recurrent infections, blurred vision, tingling or numbness in hands and feet…, yet sometimes no symptoms at all are detected. Having family history of diabetes, overweight, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, increasing age, high blood pressure, ethnicity, impaired glucose tolerance, history of gestational diabetes…can increase your risk of developing type II diabetes. This World Diabetes Day get tested if you have any risk factors or symptoms.

 

In the last few decades, diabetes has increased drastically. In 2019, approximately 463 million adults were living with diabetes- out of which 1 in 2 (232 million) people with diabetes were undiagnosed; by 2045 the number of those living with diabetes will rise to 700 million, as reported by the International Diabetes Federation. This demands alarming attention from all of us!

 

World Diabetes Day serves as a reminder to live our lives more healthfully, as type II diabetes can be prevented or delayed through a healthy diet, regular physical activity, avoiding tobacco and maintaining a healthy weight.