Interesting Facts About Nov 14: World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign focusing on diabetes mellitus and is held on November 14 each year.
World Diabetes Day aims to raise awareness of diabetes, a disease that raises blood sugars. Diabetes can result in problems with other organs and significantly increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and death.
As of 2015, approximately 1 in 10 adults worldwide is diabetic, a problem which poses a massive burden on nations as it threatens their health and economic prosperity.
Led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), each World Diabetes Day focuses on a theme related to diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes is largely preventable and treatable non-communicable disease that is rapidly increasing in numbers worldwide. Type 1 Diabetes is not preventable but can be managed with insulin injections.
Topics covered have included diabetes and human rights, diabetes and lifestyle, diabetes and obesity, diabetes in the disadvantaged and the vulnerable, and diabetes in children and adolescents.
While the campaigns last the whole year, the day itself marks the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best and John James Rickard Macleod, first conceived the idea, which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.
Below are some interesting facts about World Diabetes Day:
1. In 1991, he IDF and the World Health Organization (WHO) launched World Diabetes Day in response to the rapid rise of diabetes around the world.
By 2016, World Diabetes Day was being commemorated by over 230 IDF member associations in more than 160 countries and territories, as well as by other organizations, companies, healthcare professionals, politicians, celebrities, and people living with diabetes and their families. Activities include diabetes screening programs, radio and television campaigns, sports events and others.
2. A blue circle is a logo of the World Diabetes Day campaign. The same was adopted in the year 2007. The logo stands significant as it signifies that all the diabetes patients worldwide will come together, unite, and fight against the chronic diabetes condition.
3. Each year, World Diabetes Day is celebrated with a particular theme in mind. The basis on which the theme is decided varies as per those who are in need the most and is also influenced by the risks as well as various complications involved in dealing with the disease.
4. World Diabetes Day is celebrated with various group activities which are organized every year. These activities include runs, walks, press conferences, sport events and many other awareness programs.
5. – Type 1 diabetes is characterized by deficient insulin production and requires daily administration of insulin. The cause of type 1 diabetes is not known and it is not currently preventable. Symptoms of Type 1 diabetes may occur suddenly and include excessive excretion of urine (polyuria), thirst (polydipsia), constant hunger, weight loss, vision changes, and fatigue.
6. Diabetes can also be treated and its consequences avoided or delayed with diet, physical activity, stopping smoking, medication and regular screening and treatment for complications.
7. Diabetes is on the rise across the world, with the number of people living with the condition rising from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014.

Leave a Reply, No Login Necessary.