World Diabetes Day, November 14th 2019
World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization(WHO) in response to growing concerns about the growing health threat posed by diabetes.
This day is marked every year on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that as many as half of all adults currently living with diabetes, are undiagnosed.
The theme for WDD this year is Family and Diabetes.
What is Diabetes?
Our body requires a certain amount of the hormone insulin to control levels of glucose in the blood. The condition diabetes is the result of the body’s inability to produce the required amount of insulin to effectively carry out this task, leading to excessive amounts of glucose in the blood.
There are broadly two types of diabetes:
- Type 1 requires daily administration of artificial insulin by means of injection or insulin pump.
- Type 2 is more generally managed by a combination of dietary control and oral medication.
Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, amputation, heart disease, kidney failure and early death. It is very important that people with diabetes maintain good control of their condition to help reduce and avoid long term complications. Simple action can reduce the risk.
The IDF has created an online diabetes risk assessment which aims to predict an individual’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes within the next ten years. This test takes only a couple of minutes to complete and is a quick, easy, and confidential way to find out your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. To take the test, click on the link below: