Diabetes Awareness Week
Here at Ashtons, we can’t stress enough how important it is to fight diabetes. 3.5 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes, and this number is expected to increase to 4 million in ten years. Uncontrolled diabetes leads to higher morbidity and mortality rates. This is where raising awareness of diabetes can be crucial.
What is the aim of Diabetes Awareness Week?
Diabetes Awareness Week (DAW) was created to bring people together and raise awareness of the increasingly more common condition, diabetes.
With the condition becoming more common around the world, it is important enough is done to make sure people know the risks of diabetes and how you can make lifestyle changes to give you the best chance of not getting it.
Diabetes UK has set the theme of the awareness week as ‘Talk about diabetes’ as there are so many myths and misconceptions surrounding diabetes at the moment. They are calling on everyone to share straight talking stories, facts and videos to let everyone know the truth about diabetes.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes a condition that cannot be cured, but can be managed very effectively. The condition causes sufferers to have elevated blood sugar levels to become high because their insulin production/functionality has been affected.
The NHS state that there are three types of diabetes, which are:
- type 1 diabetes – where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin
- type 2 diabetes – where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin
- Gestational diabetes – during pregnancy, some women have such high levels of blood glucose that their body is unable to produce enough insulin to absorb it all
The symptoms of diabetes that you should look out for are feeling very thirsty, urinating more (particularly at night), feeling very fatigued, weight loss, frequent bouts of thrush, cuts that heal slowly and blurred vision.
For more information on diabetes, please visit the NHS website.
The facts about diabetes
Well here are some pertinent facts from the World Health Organisation (WHO), about diabetes, that can get you started:
- About 422 million people worldwide have diabetes
- Diabetes is predicted to become the 7th leading cause of death in the world by the year 2030
- There are two major forms of diabetes
- The third type of diabetes is gestational diabetes
- Type 2 diabetes is much more common than type 1 diabetes
- People with diabetes can live long and healthy when their diabetes is well managed.
- Cardiovascular disease is responsible for between 50% and 80% of deaths in people with diabetes
- In 2012, diabetes was the direct cause of 1.5 million deaths
- The majority of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries
- Diabetes is leading cause of blindness, amputation, and kidney failure
- Type 2 diabetes can be prevented
Diabetes Awareness Week will be focussing on the day to day lives of people suffering from diabetes and “talking about the things people with diabetes wish everyone know about living with the condition”. If you would like more information on DAW then please visit the Diabetes UK website.