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World Diabetes Day awareness campaign

World Diabetes Day awareness campaign

By Biswamoy Mukherjee

Kolkata, Nov 13 (UNI) World Diabetes Day (WDD) on November 14 is the primary global

awareness campaign of the diabetes community.

A variety of resources are available to help mark the day, raise awareness of diabetes and show your support for the 415 million people currently living with diabetes. The theme of WDD 2017 is Women and Diabetes: our right to a healthy future.

Led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health

threat posed by diabetes.

World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of

United Nation Resolution 61/225.

On World Diabetes Day 2017, World Health Organisation (WHO) joins partners around the world to highlight women’s right to a healthy future.

Around 8 per cent of women – or 205 million women – live with diabetes worldwide, over half in South-East Asia and the Western Pacific.

During pregnancy high blood glucose substantially increases the risk to health for both mother and child as well as the risk of diabetes for the child in the future. Almost half of women

who die in low-income countries due to high blood glucose die prematurely,

before the age of 70 years.

Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke and lower limb amputation.

Healthy diet, physical activity and avoiding tobacco use can prevent or delay

type 2 diabetes.

In addition diabetes can be treated and its consequences avoided or delayed with medication, regular screening and treatment for complications. Ensuring such actions form part of the

recommendations of WHO’s Global report on diabetes launched in 2016.

Established in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation with support from WHO in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes, World Diabetes

Day became an official UN day in 2006.

The World Diabetes Day 2017 campaign promotes affordable and equitable access for

all women with diabetes or at risk of diabetes to the essential medicines and

technologies, self-management education and information they require to achieve

optimal diabetes outcomes and strengthen their capacity to prevent type 2

diabetes.

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