World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign focusing on diabetes mellitus and is held on November 14 each year. Diabetes is a chronic disease, which occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. This leads to an increased concentration of glucose in the blood.
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 treated with insulin shots
A truly global event, World Diabetes Day occurs in over 200 diabetic member associations, in over 160 different countries. Further associations, medical professionals, and individuals all over the world join together to celebrate World Diabetes Day.
HERE ARE THREE TIPS ON THIS WORLD DIABETES DAY:
- This is especially relevant if you haven’t been to your doctor in a few years and are over the age of 40.
- Work towards including the recommended 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise (walking) on five days per week, and two days per week of body-strengthening exercises, such as push ups.
- If you do get a scare from a health check-up don’t go and adopt an all-in or nothing approach. This mentality doesn’t work and it is not healthy or sustainable.
Note: The estimates depict number of diabetes cases to have alarmingly doubled and grown by over 100% in the past 15 years. India had an estimated 31,705,000 diabetics in the millennium year which is estimated to grow by over 100% to 79,441,000 by 2030.