Year after year, diabetes has grown almost twofold since 1980, rising from 4.7% to 8.5% in the adult population. This reflects an increase in related risk factors such as weight gain or obesity. Diabetes is one of the main causes of disease that causes blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke and lower limb amputation. However, by practicing a healthy diet, physical activity and avoiding tobacco use can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Plus, diabetes can be treated and delayed with medication, regular screening and treatment for complications.
Thus, in 2007 General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/61/225 designating 14 November as World Diabetes Day. It’s aimed to promote and improve human health and provide access to treatment and healthcare education.
For your information, there are two type of diabetes:
- Type 1 diabetes (previously known as insulin-dependent or childhood-onset diabetes) is characterized by a lack of insulin production.
- Type 2 diabetes (formerly called non-insulin-dependent or adult-onset diabetes) is caused by the body’s ineffective use of insulin. It often results from excess body weight and physical inactivity.
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