World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created in 1991 by International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) on November 14th.
As per the WHO, almost half of all deaths attributable to high blood glucose occur before the age of 70 years; WHO projects that diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death in 2030.
According to the IDF, 1 in 11 adults have diabetes (approximately 415 million). 
This year the main focus is on women and diabetes. Not only to help them access treatment and care, but equally to educate them on managing the risks within their own families relevant to a healthier lifestyle.
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What is Diabetes:

Early detection can be ensured by testing of blood sugar. According to National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps glucose from food get into your cells to be used for energy. Sometimes your body doesn’t make enough—or any—insulin or doesn’t use insulin well. Glucose then stays in your blood and doesn’t reach your cells.

Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause health problems. Although diabetes has no cure, you can take steps to manage your diabetes and stay healthy.

Diabetes types:

As per the American Diabetes Association, there are two types of Diabetes

  • Diabetes type 1: is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease.In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.
  • Diabetes Type 2: is the most common form of diabetes where your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance.
  • Gestational diabetes: develops in some women when they are pregnant. Most of the time, this type of diabetes goes away after the baby is born. Sometimes diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy is actually type 2 diabetes

Early diagnosis can be done easily by testing blood sugar

Prevention

This is mostly effective for preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. The aim is to maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating properly, exercising regularly and avoiding smoking.

Treatment:

If you have type 1 diabetes, you must take insulin  several times during the day, including with meals. As for type 2 diabetes, they may need to take insuline injection but most importantly they can manage their disease by making healthy food choices and being more physically active. Gestational diabetes can be controlled through the diet and healthy lifestyle as well as some diabetes medicines prescribed by the Dr. as safe to use.

Dialeb:

The National Diabetes Organization, DiaLeb is a non-for-profit organization founded in 2011 which aims to promote diabetes care, awareness, and support research in search for a cure. They are also members of the International Diabetes Federation.

Each November, Dialeb hosts a fundraising Gala dinner; contact them to reserve your ticket.
Dialeb Visual with prices Together we can joint efforts to raise awareness, what are you waiting for?
This November, Know your number
Mine is 80, what is yours?

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