In Assist of World Diabetes Day 2018

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018, is World Diabetes Day.

# WDD2018

World Diabetes Day is the premier global awareness campaign on diabetes mellitus and takes place on November 14th each year.

The theme this year is The family and diabetes and according to the International Diabetes Federation, diabetes affects every family. The association lists four key points to consider in terms of diabetes in 2018:

1. There are currently over 425 million people living with diabetes. Most of these cases are type 2 diabetes, which can largely be prevented through regular physical activity, a healthy and balanced diet, and promoting a healthy living environment. Families play a key role in managing the changeable risk factors for type 2 diabetes and must be provided with education, resources and environments to lead healthy lifestyles.

2. Every second person currently suffering from diabetes goes undiagnosed. Most of the cases are type 2 diabetes. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to preventing the complications of diabetes and achieving healthy results. All families are potentially affected by diabetes. Therefore, knowing the signs, symptoms, and risk factors for all types of diabetes is important in order to detect it early.

3. Diabetes can be expensive for individuals and families. In many countries, the cost of insulin injection and daily monitoring alone can consume half the median disposable income of a family, and regular and affordable access to essential diabetes medicines is out of reach for too many. Improving access to affordable medicines and care products for diabetes is therefore urgently needed to avoid increased costs for individuals and families that affect health outcomes.

4. Fewer than one in four family members have access to diabetes education programs. Helping the family with diabetes care has been shown to have a significant impact in improving the health outcomes of people with diabetes. It is therefore important that all people with diabetes and their families have access to ongoing education and support regarding diabetes self-management in order to reduce the emotional impact of the disease that can lead to a negative quality of life.

There are several key factors behind type 2 diabetes, a type of diabetes that is both preventable and curable.

First, check out our latest report, The Truth About Sugar. Click here.

Or check out our two-part series on type 2 diabetes:

Part 1 – How Do I Avoid Type 2 Diabetes?

Part 2 – Coping with Type 2 Diabetes

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