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World Diabetes Day

According to Lord Budhdha, Health is the greatest gift that one could ask for, and without health whatever we possess becomes useless.

Diabetes is a chronic illness that develops when the pancreas either produces insufficient amounts of insulin or when the body cannot properly utilize the insulin that it does. This results in the blood’s level of glucose rising (hyperglycemia).

The World Diabetes Day is commemorated annually on the 14th of November and the theme for the year 2022 is “Education to Protect Tomorrow”.

The hallmark of type 1 diabetes, also referred to as insulin-dependent or childhood-onset diabetes, is insufficient insulin production.

The body’s inefficient use of insulin results in type 2 diabetes, also known as non-insulin-dependent or adult-onset diabetes. It frequently happens as a result of increased body weight and inactivity.

In comparison to 108 million adults worldwide in 1980, 422 million adults were predicted to have diabetes in 2014. Since 1980, the prevalence of diabetes in the adult population around the world has increased from 4.7% to 8.5%. This reflects an increase in risk factors like obesity and excess weight which in turn can affect negatively one’s mental health as well through bullying and criticism. Diabetes has spread more quickly in low- and middle-income nations during the past ten years than in high-income nations.

Diabetes is a significant contributor to renal disease, heart attacks, strokes, blindness, and lower limb amputation. But the interesting fact is that Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by a healthy diet, regular exercise, and quitting smoking. Additionally, diabetes can be managed with medication, regular screenings, and treatment for complications. This can help prevent or delay the consequences of diabetes.

The General Assembly’s resolution 61/225 proclaiming November 14 as World Diabetes Day was enacted in 2007. “Multilateral initiatives to promote and improve human health, and offer access to treatment and health-care education” were identified as being urgently necessary for the statement.

In accordance with the sustainable growth of their healthcare systems, the resolution further urged Member States to create national plans for the management of diabetes, including its prevention, treatment, and care.

The 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to significantly improve the lives of the more than 460 million people who have diabetes and the millions more who are at risk. The global diabetes community has the strength in numbers, the clout, and the resolve to effect real change. We must accept the challenge.

We should always make sure that our diet is healthy and balanced in order to ensure that we pertain our health. Prevention is always better than cure and one easy way to prevent Diabetes is to eat healthily.

Let’s cherish our health and live with happiness!

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