World Diabetes Day 2018 – Stay healthy, Be diabetes free!
Diabetes is a major global public health problem, having increased rapidly over the last few decades and showing no signs of slowing down. It is a major cause of long term ill health and premature death, both in its own right and as a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases (CVD) – coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke and peripheral vascular disease.
For this reason, Inter Madrassah Organisation would like to make the local residents aware of World Diabetes Day, which falls every year on 14 November and is a day when millions of people around the world come together to raise awareness of diabetes, and what it’s really like to live with the condition.
Essentially, diabetes is about the body’s ability (or lack of it) to produce the required amount of a hormone called insulin to control glucose levels in the blood. There are broadly two types of diabetes: Type 1 requires daily administration of artificial insulin by means of injection or insulin pump. Type 2 is more generally managed by a combination of dietary control and medication in the form of tablets.
Type 2 diabetes, which now accounts for about 90% of all cases of diabetes, is linked to overweight and results from the body becoming less sensitive to insulin (insulin resistance).
People with Type 2 diabetes are treated with lifestyle changes: healthy eating, increased physical activity, and crucially, losing weight, as well as medication to lower the blood sugar.
By 2035 it is estimated that over 1 in 10 of the adult population will have diabetes, with higher proportions in older people and people of South Asian heritage.
In Blackburn with Darwen the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes in adults is 8.2%, which is higher than the national average which stands at 6.5%.
People from South Asian communities are two to four times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than White Europeans.
Our theme for this year will be to raise awareness and to signpost local residents who may need support with Diabetes.
Got a question about diabetes?
Look on NHS Choices – www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetes
Contact your local GP Practice