Diabetes, a disease that’s more than just only “No sweets”

I personally am no stranger to this agonizing disease. No, it’s not me. Thankfully, I’ve come this far in my life still away from the evil clutches of diabetes. However, what makes me privy to all the cons of having diabetes is my father, who suffers from diabetes. (thanks to hereditary). The endless oscillations of health occurring without any warning, the en-number of foot massages his diabetes feet yearn for, the annoying pre-realization that dawns on him when he almost forgets to take insulin shots or the annoying post-realization when he forgets to take them, bracing himself for what discomfort he may go through.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to make insulin or when the body is not able to make good use of the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that is very essential. It allows the glucose from the food to pass from the bloodstream to the cells to produce energy. When carbohydrates in the foods are broken down into glucose, it’s the insulin that helps the glucose to get to the cells from the bloodstream.

Not being able to produce insulin or use it effectively causes glucose levels to rise in the blood. Over the long-term high glucose levels are associated with damage to the body and failure of various organs and tissues.

What is World Diabetes Day?

WDD was pioneered in 1991 by IDF(International Diabetes Federation) and WHO(World Health Organization) to raise awareness about the health threats caused by diabetes. This day falls on 14th November. WDD is the largest diabetes awareness campaign that has reached more than 1 billion people in 160 countries.

The World Diabetes Day campaign aims to:

  • Be the platform to promote IDF advocacy efforts throughout the year.
  • Be the global driver to promote the importance of taking coordinated and concerted actions to confront diabetes as a critical global health issue.

The campaign is represented by a blue circle logo that was adopted in 2007 after the passage of the UN Resolution on diabetes. The blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes awareness. It signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes epidemic.

(Information courtesy: WDD)

WDD Theme for 2017: Women and Diabetes

This year, WDD wants to throw some light on how diabetes causes women in different ways. The WDD 2017 campaign will focus on the importance of affordable access to diabetes medicine and technologies for all women who suffer from diabetes or run risk of suffering from it.

The campaign this year, wants to educate, share information about diabetes and how it can be prevented, especially type2 Diabetes

To know more about the campaign, visit the site.

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