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World Diabetes Day 2016

Today is World Diabetes Day, a global awareness campaign launched in 1991 by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), focusing on diabetes.

In the UK diabetes leads to 65 early deaths every single day, it can cause blindness and kidney disease. Every week there are 1400 cases of heart failure, 540 strokes and 140 lower limb amputations as a result of diabetes.

Each year World Diabetes Day focuses on a theme, with past subjects including diabetes and human rights, diabetes and lifestyle, diabetes and obesity, diabetes in the disadvantaged and the vulnerable, and diabetes in children and adolescents. This year the theme is ‘Eyes on Diabetes’ which aims to promote the importance of screening to ensure early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications.

IDF has estimated that globally as many as 193 million people, or close to half of all adults living with diabetes in 2015, were unaware of their disease. Most of these cases are type 2 diabetes. The earlier a person is diagnosed, the earlier treatment can be initiated in order to reduce the risk of harmful and costly complications.

A person with type 2 diabetes can live for several years without showing any symptoms, during which time high blood glucose is silently damaging the body.

There is therefore an urgent need to screen, diagnose and provide appropriate treatment to people with diabetes. WDD 2016 will highlight the feasible and cost-effective solutions that exist to help identify people with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes and those at risk of developing it in the future.

Below is an infographic highlighting some of the surprising statistic about diabetes:

World Diabetes Day 2016 Infographic

Below is an infographic detailing some of the signs and symptoms of diabetes:

World Diabetes Day 2016 Signs and Symptoms Infographic

For more information about diabetes and/or to learn how you can show your support for World Diabetes Day, please visit the International Diabetes Federation or Diabetes UK websites.


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