Hey there, beauties! When you hear the word “diabetes” what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Insulin? Injections? Of course, these things are very important – for type 1 diabetics. However, almost 90% of all diabetics have type 2 and mostly don’t need to inject insulin. But nevertheless, having type 2 diabetes can change your life completely so it’s crucial that you take good care of your health. Did you know that in the U.S. more than 1,400 diabetes related amputations occur every week? The good news is that it doesn’t need to get that far. With the right treatment and responsible behavior, you can do a lot to prevent the progression of this illness.
If you haven’t already guessed, today’s topic of conversation is diabetes. More specifically, today in the U.S. and around the world we recognize and celebrate World Diabetes Day (WDD). This special day was created in 1991 as a partnership between the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization, in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes.
World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. It is marked every year on November 14th, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting. WDD is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign, reaching globally an audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries.
Every year, the World Diabetes Day campaign focuses on a dedicated theme that runs throughout the entire year. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2019 is Family and Diabetes. The truth is, diabetes has a huge impact on the family and support network of those affected. Promoting the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education is so important.
We urge everyone to learn more about the warning signs of diabetes and find out their risk of type 2 diabetes. As it stands today, one in two people currently living with diabetes are undiagnosed. Education and advocacy are the keys to better health.
We urge our readers to take control and do your part and allow your voice to be heard on this global occasion in which people with diabetes, health professionals, diabetes advocates, media, the general public and government organizations unite in the fight against diabetes. Find a way to get involved and do your part to shine a light on diabetes!
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