World Diabetes Day, 14th November 2021

World Diabetes Day, 14th November 2021

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is marked annually on 14th November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.

The campaign aims to drive global efforts to promote the importance of taking coordinated and concerted actions to confront diabetes as a critical global health issue. The theme for WDD 2021-23 is: Access to Diabetes Care – If Not Now, When?

Diabetes is a serious, potentially debilitating and life-threatening non-communicable disease that affects individuals and their families.

Studies highlight that:

  • 463 million adults are living with diabetes
  • 700 million people are expected to be living with diabetes by 2045.
  • Half of all people living with diabetes are undiagnosed

Gibraltar is said to be facing a “diabetes crisis”, with around one in four people aged over 55 having been diagnosed with diabetes. ‘Diabetes Gibraltar’ (a support group for people with diabetes and their friends/family in Gibraltar) highlights there are more than 2,600 diagnosed cases of Type 2 diabetes on the Rock, with sedentary lifestyles and poor diet greatly influencing this growing number.

Without adequate support, people with type 2 diabetes are at risk of serious and life-threatening complications such as heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and lower-limb amputation. Recent studies indicate that people living with diabetes can be more susceptible to the worst complications of Covid-19, especially among the elderly (an estimated one in five people over the age of 65 have diabetes) and when diabetes is not under control.

You can reduce your risk of Diabetes by:

  • Watching your weight: age, ethnicity and family history can all contribute diabetes risk, but obesity is considered the most significant risk factor.
  • Eating well: Choose healthier options, whole grains, plenty of fruit and veg and less red and processed meats. Make an effort to consume less sugar, drinks without added sugar, and fewer foods high in saturated fat.
  • Moving more: Spending less time sitting down and more time being active is key to preventing type 2 diabetes.
  • Accessing support: People living with, or are at risk of getting, diabetes benefit from ongoing education and support.

For more information on healthy lifestyles, click HERE.

Services in Gibraltar include:

  • The GHA Diabetes Clinic at the Primary Care Centre.
  • Diabetes Gibraltar (diabetesgib@gmail.com, Telephone 20072420)