‘Eyes on Diabetes’ this World Diabetes Day
World Diabetes Day (14th Nov) 2016 has the theme ‘Eyes on Diabetes’, which focuses on encouraging people to get screened for type 2 diabetes in order to ensure an early diagnosis. A total of 160 countries across the world are organizing various events including screenings, marathons, conferences and exhibitions. (Find an event near you)
It is estimated that 415 million adults have diabetes, out of which 193 million (almost half) are unaware of the disease. Most of the people have type 2 diabetes. Screening for type 2 diabetes is important as people suffering from this condition have hidden symptoms, i.e., the symptoms are not clearly visible and patients don’t realize that the high levels of sugar in their blood are slowly damaging their body.
For the uninitiated, here’s a quick explanation of type 1 and type 2 diabetes –
|Type 1 diabetes||Type 2 diabetes|
|Complete lack of insulin in the body||Too little insulin or ineffective use of insulin
|5-10% of all people suffering from diabetes have this condition||90-95% of all people suffering from diabetes have this condition|
|Cannot be prevented||Can be prevented or delayed by adopting a healthier lifestyle|
The main symptoms of diabetes include –
- Blurred vision
- Lack of energy
- Weight loss
- Excessive thirst
- Frequent urination
While these can be mild or absent in people with type 2 diabetes, up to 70% cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by adopting a healthier lifestyle. Hence, an early diagnosis is a must. The World Diabetes Day campaign’s main focus this year is to ensure as many screenings for type 2 diabetes as possible.
Currently, diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, cardiovascular disease, kidney failure and lower-limb amputation; it is estimated that by 2040, almost 640 million people would be suffering from diabetes.
Over one-third of all people suffering from diabetes develop some form of eye complications and, in certain cases, end up being blind too. These complications can be prevented by maintaining blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels as close to normal as possible.
The key message of the World Diabetes Day campaign reads ‘With increasing levels of poor nutrition and physical inactivity among children in many countries, type 2 diabetes in childhood has the potential to become a GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE leading to serious health outcomes. Screening for type 2 diabetes is important to modify its course and reduce the risk of complications.’ (Source) It is ironic that 14th November in India is also celebrated as Children’s Day while so many children are unknowingly suffering from diabetes.
At CARE Hospitals, we offer various services to help reduce the incidence and aid in better management of diabetes. A smart sugar health check-up is available at CARE Outpatient Centre, Hyderabad which helps identify the sugar levels in your body and the complications it can lead to.
CARE Outpatient Centre also offers Diacare, an ‘Annual Diabetes Package’ for people who are already battling with the condition and want to improve their health. This package includes disease management with physiotherapy, yoga, diet, foot care, diagnostic services, home care and educational services. The home care services include free home lab sampling facility, home delivery from the pharmacy at 10% discount and a nurse home visit, when required.
This World Diabetes Day, ensure to get screened for type 2 diabetes and spread awareness about the campaign. One can also show solidarity by uploading a blue circle selfie. The diabetes community across the world is represented by a blue circle as it signifies their unity and concern over the global impact of this disease. Participants of this community have been uploading blue circle selfies in order to spread awareness.