2016 World Diabetes Day, “Watch out for Diabetes”
This, as every year, we add efforts to provide information regarding prevention and treatment for Diabetes. 2016 World Diabetes Day has the slogan “Watch out for Diabetes”, providing education for all, to have a deeper vision of a disease that is continually having an unquestionable presence.
The activities and materials of the year will focus on promoting the importance of ensuring early diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes, and treatment to reduce the risk of complications associated with poor management.
Watch out for Diabetes, we must act to stop it
The Diabetes Atlas of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), in its seventh edition of 2015, provides the latest figures and information on the global and regional prevalence of Diabetes and the associated expenses and mortality.
Diabetes is a huge and growing burden: 415 million adults were living with Diabetes in 2015 and this number is estimated to increase much more. International Diabetes Federation (IDF) projections estimate that by the year 2040, one in ten people worldwide will have Diabetes.
Additionally, one in two adults with Diabetes is not currently diagnosed, causing many to be living the disease for a period of time without being aware of their condition. If a person has Diabetes and does not know it, the high levels of glucose will be causing damage to their body. For this reason, it is vital that all people take a glucose and Hemoglobin A1c test every year to ensure that if they have Diabetes, it will not go unnoticed.
Up to 70% of cases of Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented or delayed by adopting healthier lifestyles.
The number of people with Diabetes in low and middle-income countries will continue to grow, posing a threat to sustainable development. For example, by 2040, the number of people with Diabetes in Africa is expected to double.
More than 640 million of us may be living with Diabetes in 2040. In many countries Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, cardiovascular disease, kidney failure and lower limb amputation, among other serious health problems that this disease leads to, when is not properly controlled.
Prevention and early detection of chronic complications of diabetes are an important part of effective disease management to ensure optimal health.
At Diabetes Up To Date we make a call to the authorities and political leaders
At Diabetes Up To Date, we call on health authorities, political leaders and the media to become aware of the magnitude of the problem that Diabetes represents. We call for campaigns on the dissemination of prevention for those who are undiagnosed, on screening and diagnosis for those who have it but do not know it, and on education for those who already have Diabetes, in addition to access to comprehensive medical care and low-cost medicines, so the whole population can enjoy a healthier and happier life.