Celebrated on the the 14th November each year, World Diabetes Day has become a globally-recognised event.
Comprising of hundreds of campaigns, exhibitions, screenings, lectures, TV programmes and more, it’s designed to raise awareness of the condition, its symptoms and its impact.
Although still a few months away, medical professionals across the globe are already coming up with ideas and strategies to honour the special day.
What is the theme for World Diabetes Day?
Each year World Diabetes Day has a different theme. This year the theme will focus on ‘The Family and Diabetes’ and the same topic will continue into 2019. Previous years focused on the following:
- 2013: Protect our Future: Diabetes Education and Prevention
- 2014: Go Blue for Breakfast
- 2015: Healthy Eating
- 2016: Eyes on Diabetes
- 2017: Women and Diabetes – our right to a healthy future
A two-year timeframe has been selected for the current campaign and the International Diabetes Foundation intends to raise awareness of the impact diabetes has on the families of those affected while also promoting the role that families play in management, care, prevention and education.
How many people are affected by diabetes?
Over 425 million people currently live with diabetes across the globe. Most of those with the condition have type 2 diabetes which can often be prevented through regular activity and a healthy diet.
50% of people currently living with type 2 diabetes are undiagnosed, which could lead to further complications. With early diagnosis and treatment key to maintaining good health, raising awareness of the symptoms is crucial.
How can families work together to prevent diabetes?
There are many things that families can do to prevent diabetes. By ensuring that a healthy lifestyle is adopted and maintained, the likelihood that members of the family get type 2 diabetes can be minimised.
Once a person has been diagnosed with diabetes, it can be incredibly expensive for some families to manage. In some countries, the cost of insulin injections and daily monitoring alone can consume half of a family’s disposable income. Therefore, it’s important to raise awareness of the need for more affordable medicines and treatments.