Celebration of World Diabetes Day

DiabetesToday is World Diabetes Day which is celebrated on November 14th every year. This celebration brings global awareness to the general public about diabetes mellitus.  This campaign was developed in 1991 by the World Health Organization and the International Diabetes Federation.  They came together in response to rise in diabetes diagnosis all over the world.  Each year the World Diabetes Day is focused on a theme that is related to diabetes.  The topics that are included cover diabetes, lifestyle, obesity, human rights, and diabetes in children, adolescents and adults.  For the last four years the main theme was about Diabetes Education and Prevention.

A little information about diabetes is that type-1 diabetes isn’t linked to being overweight. The cells that produce insulin in the body are unfortunately damaged.  There isn’t too much that can be done to lower one’s risk of getting type-1 diabetes.  For those with type-2 diabetes it is commonly linked to being overweight.  Maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle will help lower the risk of getting type-2 diabetes.

Symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Experiencing constant thirst
  • Urinating frequently
  • Very tired and fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss and loss of muscle
  • Muscle cramps
  • Yeast infections, itchiness around the genital regions
  • Skin infections
  • Constipation

Please see your physician immediately if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms so that you will be able to get diagnosed and receive treatments.

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I just thought I’d add that though type 2 can be linked to being overweight, my dad developed it and he wasn’t close to being overweight. It can run in families, especially black families, and that’s how he came to get it. Nice job.

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