Diabetes Awareness: Know your Demons

If you have diabetes and your blood sugar levels are low or too high, it can cause complications. Uncontrolled and undiagnosed Diabetes can affect various body functions, such as your kidney, nerves, feet, eyes also can be reason of heart disease and bone and joint disorders. Very high or very low blood sugar levels can also lead to emergencies in people with diabetes.

Here are the statistics by International Diabetes Federation:

  • 1 IN 11 ADULTS HAVE DIABETES
  • 5% OF ADULTS WITH DIABETES ARE UNDIAGNOSED
  • THREE QUARTERS OF PEOPLE WITH DIABETES LIVE IN LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRIES
  • 1 IN 7 BIRTHS IS AFFECTED BY GESTATIONAL DIABETES
  • 542,000 CHILDREN HAVE TYPE 1 DIABETES
  • 415 MILLION ADULTS were living with diabetes in 2015 and this number is expected to increase to around 642 MILLION or one in ten adults by 2040
  • ONE IN TWO people with diabetes remain UNDIAGNOSED, 1 which makes them particularly susceptible to the complications of the condition, causing substantial disability and premature death.
  • EVERY 6 SECONDS A PERSON DIES FROM DIABETES
  • BY 2040 1 IN 10 ADULTS WILL HAVE DIABETES
  • 12% OF GLOBAL EXPENDITURE IS SPENT ON DIABETES
  • More than 93 million adults, or ONE IN THREE, currently living with diabetes have DIABETIC RETINOPATHY

Diabetes has been leading cause of blindness if not caught earlier, therefore this World Diabetes Day our aim is to highlight the importance of integrating screening for diabetes complications into ongoing care for people living with diabetes.

  • Early detection is best way to prevent costly complications.
  • With the correct treatment and recommended lifestyle changes, many people with diabetes are able to prevent or delay the onset of complications the cause can be an underlying infection, certain medicines, or even the medicines you take to control your diabetes.
  • Maintaining blood glucose levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol at or close to normal can help delay or prevent diabetes complications. Therefore people with diabetes need regular monitoring.
  • With good self-management and health professional support, people with diabetes can live a long, healthy life.

We believe that continued efforts to raise awareness are vital to encourage people to take a more proactive role in helping to prevent the increase in people with diabetes.

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