World Diabetes Day is celebrated annually on November 14.
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 2015 will focus on ‘healthy eating’, which is a key factor in managing Type 1 diabetes and helping to manage and prevent Type 2 diabetes.
The International Diabetes Federation reports that by 2035, almost 600 million
of us may be living with diabetes.
Education and prevention is about knowing the warning signs and risks associated with diabetes, knowing who can help to manage and control diabetes, and what to do if you have this condition.
Education is particularly important as diabetes can affect all aspects of life. Diabetes is life-long and requires many lifestyle adjustments to be made such as diet, exercise, and medication all need to be monitored and altered.
Poor diabetes education and control results in more chance of complications and less chance of leading a healthy life.
Being aware of risk factors such as obesity, glucose intolerance, lack of exercise, and an unhealthy diet is important in the fight against further incidences of diabetes.
People with these risk factors also need to look out for warning signs including tiredness, weight loss, increased thirst, blurred vision, and lack of concentration. http://www.national-awareness-days.com/world-diabetes-day.html
Diabetes Australia and Diabetes NSW provide the following information to help educate people about diabetes:
-Information on Type 1 diabetes
-Information on Type 2 diabetes
-Healthy Eating for Older People
-You and Your Health Care Team
-Managing Diabetes As You Age
The Community Aged Services team recommends that you keep yourself informed about the causes of diabetes and know the strategies to best prevent or manage the condition.
Remember that people who don't have diabetes need to be informed too.
The Australian Diabetes Council's Customer Care Line number is 1300 342 238 and should be used for seeking support, services, information or advice regarding diabetes.
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