14th November is the World Diabetes day. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2018 and 2019 is The Family and Diabetes as decided by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).
Over 400 million people are currently living with diabetes. 1 in 2 people currently living with diabetes is undiagnosed. Most cases are type 2 diabetes. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to prevent the complications of diabetes and achieve healthy outcomes. All families are potentially affected by diabetes and so awareness of the signs, symptoms and risk factors for all types of diabetes are vital to help detect it early. Depending on the level of Diabetes, the
management varies. Although in some patients, it can be controlled with dietary modifications alone, in some, medications in the form of oral formulations or Insulin injections are required.
Hence, diabetes can be very expensive to the families. Diabetes, although an endocrinal (hormonal) disease, it is actually a multi-system disease. It can damage different body systems; Nervous System, Urinary system to name a few. In obese people, diabetes is more commonly seen. Diabetes is so common along with obesity that, together a new term “Diabesity” has been coined.
India is going to be Diabetes capital by 2025. Most of these cases are type 2 diabetes, which is largely preventable through regular physical activity, a healthy and balanced diet, and the promotion of healthy living environments. In suitable obese diabetic patients, Bariatric (Obesity) Surgery has proved to be curative for diabetes.
So, on this day lets pledge to fight against diabetes and create awareness around us. To learn more about the diabetes consult your doctor now.