World Diabetes Day, November 14th 2007

World diabetes day is celebrated every year on November 14th. World diabetes day promotes awareness that every person with diabetes or at risk of diabetes need the best quality of education, prevention and care available.

Currently, 246 million people are suffering from diabetes worldwide. 70,000 children below 15 years of age are affected by diabetes every year.

World diabetes day, organized by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) is the primary goal awareness campaign of the diabetes world. On 14th November, millions of people around the world join hands to increase awareness on diabetes.

The rise of diabetes is largely due to increasing sedentary lifestyles and changing diets in all parts of the world. Increase in blood pressure, blood cholesterol levels and obesity can increase a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes is one of the chronic diseases of childhood. It can strike at any age, including pre-school children and even toddlers. Diabetes in children is often diagnosed late or it is misdiagnosed completely.

This disease is a leading cause of kidney failure, blindness, heart attack, amputation and stroke. It is one of the significant causes of death similar to number of deaths of HIV/AIDS.

Diabetes has a unique impact on children and their families. The need to monitor glucose levels, take medication and balance the effect of activity and food intake can disturb and interfere with normal developmental tasks of childhood.

World diabetes day brings all the people including children and adults, health care professionals, health care decision makers and media.

Raising awareness that early diagnosis and early education are essential is the key to reducing the complications of diabetes and ultimately preserving lives. Sensible diabetes diet and regular exercise can reduce the risk of diabetes and improve lifestyle.

Join hands to increase awareness on Diabetes.

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