World Diabetes Day is celebrated on 14th November every year. It is celebrated worldwide on the same day with an aim raising awareness about diabetes.
Various campaigns, activities, meetings, lectures, and screenings are regularly conducted across the globe with an objective to bring some positive changes. This day is recognized internationally and it's only mission is to promote the cure and treatment of diabetes that accounts for nearly half of the total deaths around the globe.
What is the Theme of World Diabetes Day 2017?
The theme for World Diabetes Day 2017 is 'Women and diabetes- our right to a healthy future.'
Reports claim that one out of 10 women suffer the cause and all the victims don't get proper health access.
Hence, this year is basically focused on improving the condition women with an aim to improve their health outcomes. Making the facilities affordable and accessible to every single victim is also concerned this year.
Fast Facts about Diabetes
- It is a long-term clinical condition increasing the blood sugar level.
- An estimation of about 382 million people in the world was diagnosed with diabetes in 2013.
- In 2015, 30.3 million people in the United States had diabetes and 84.1 million Americans aged 18 and older had prediabetes.
- Type 1 Diabetes is the condition when the body fails to produce insulin covering 10% of all forms.
- Type 2 Diabetes is the condition in which insulin is not produced in a sufficient level accounting 90% of all cases.
- Gestational Diabetes is the type affecting pregnant women.
Some Symptoms of Diabetes
Here are some of the early signs and symptoms of diabetes observed on regular basis.
1. Frequent Urination and Feeling of Thirst
Usually, people urinate six to seven times a day but a person suffering from diabetes will pee a lot more.
In normal condition glucose is reabsorbed by kidneys but in diabetic condition, the blood sugar level goes on a hike leading the body to produce urine more frequently.
2. Blurred Vision
The lenses in the eyes get swelled up in most condition when the fluid level fluctuates in the body more often.
The shape of the lens may get altered and the patient feels difficult to see items around.
3. Irritation and Itchy Skin
As you will be urinating time and again, the body loses a lot of fluid. The body doesn't have enough moisture thus making the skin rough and dry.
In addition, you may also feel the dryness of mouth, due to loss of fluids in your body.
4. Slow Healing of Wounds
The regular blood flow in different parts of the body is affected by high sugar level in blood. It may result in the nerve damage and the situation slows down the healing process.
This can result in various other complications like diabetic neuropathy, immune system deficiency, and infections.
5. Feeling of Tiredness and Hunger
Insulin is the hormone that maintains blood sugar level. It helps the body to use the glucose level and convert it into energy.
If there is not enough production of insulin, the cells don't have glucose as the source of energy. Thus, you'll experience fatigue and hunger more often.
6. Nausea and Vomiting
When the body doesn't receive sufficient energy, your body starts burning fat.
It may lead to the condition when high levels of ketone is produced.The condition is termed as ketoacidosis resulting in vomiting and nausea.
It is very important to know that every type of diabetes is treatable. Diabetes type 1 lasts a lifetime; though there's no possible cure for it, it can be controlled the best way.
Type 1 diabetes is managed with insulin as well as dietary changes and exercise.
Patient suffering from Type 2 diabetes can be treated with medications, exercises, and special diet plan. Insulin injections may be required sometimes.
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