World Diabetes day being observed globally!
World Diabetes Day is being observed today on November 14. It is an effort to raise awareness of the condition and help combat the increasing rates of diabetes across the world.
What is Diabetes? It is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces.
Symptoms of Diabetes are:
- Increase in thirst
- Increase in hunger (especially after eating)
- Dry mouth
- Frequent urination or urine infections
- Unexplained weight loss (even though you are eating and feel hungry)
- Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)
- Blurred vision
Some interesting facts about Diabetes:
- Diabetes is on the rise across the world, with the number of people living with the condition rising from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014.
- The global prevalence of diabetes among adults over 18 years of age has risen from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2014.
- Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation.
In 2015, an estimated 1.6 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes. WHO projects that diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death in 2030.
How to prevent from Diabetes?
- It can be treated with
- Proper diet
- Physical activity
- Ban smoking
A simple blood sugar test can help diagnose the condition earlier and therefore help sufferers start an effective treatment earlier to avoid complications.