World Diabetes Day - 14th November
Thursday 14th November is World Diabetes Day and this year, it’s focusing on Families and Diabetes. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organisation of over 230 national diabetes associations in 170 countries.
They raise awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and promote the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of diabetes.
This year, the IDF is encouraging families to learn more about the warning signs of diabetes. Their research conducted in 2018 discovered that parents would struggle to spot this serious life-long disease in their own children. Despite the majority of people surveyed having a family member with diabetes, an alarming four-in-five parents would have trouble recognising the warning signs one-in-three wouldn’t spot them at all!
There are currently 1 in 2 people who live with diabetes that remain undiagnosed. But being left untreated or unmanaged, diabetes can lead to life-changing complications including blindness, amputation, kidney failure, heart attack and stroke. Type 2 diabetes accounts for around 90% of all people living with diabetes.
Although it mostly affects adults, it is now increasingly being seen in children and adolescents. However, unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes can be prevented through simple life choices such as a healthy diet and increased physical activity.
The first step to preventing type 2 diabetes is knowing your risk. This World Diabetes Day, the IDF is encouraging everyone to learn about their risk of type 2 diabetes through a simple online test or questionnaire. Their goal is to have at least 1 million people around the world screened for type 2 diabetes by the end of November 2019 through their #Test2Prevent campaign.
So here’s how you can get involved:
Learn about your risk of type 2 diabetes through IDF’s online risk assessment here:
Share the test on social media to encourage others to learn about their risk. Remember to use the hashtags #Test2Prevent and #WorldDiabetesDay
Persuade your friends, family and colleagues to do the same!