The WDD campaign aims to be a platform promoting efforts of IDF advocacy all around the year. It also seeks to create urgency among people by coordinated actions to promote diabetes as a global health issue.
Chronic diabetes causes kidney failure, stroke, heart attack, lower limb amputation, and blindness. However, all these can be prevented if you lead a healthy life with a proper diet and physical exercise. Additionally, even if you are affected, you can recover by taking proper medication and opting for appropriate screening activities and treatment during complications.
According to the IDF, here are the latest facts on the global impact of diabetes:
- The majority of the patients are affected by type 2 diabetes, and 1 in 2 adults remain undiagnosed.
- 3 out of 4 individuals belonging to low- and middle-income groups remain highly affected by this disease.
- Around 20 million newborns get hyperglycaemia or high blood glucose from pregnant mothers.
- Two-thirds of the diabetic patients live in an urban area, and three-quarters of them are of working age.
- 136 million patients are more than 65 years of age.
- 4.2 million people died in 2019 due to diabetes.
- Diabetes alone was responsible for 760 million dollars’ worth of healthcare expenditure in 2019, which is almost 10% of the total expenditure. Further, this amount has been increasing.
Owing to these factors, it is important to change the situation, and the first step in doing so is to make everyone aware.
Despite everything, there have been growing concerns over diabetes because of its associated risk factors and rise in global cases. Therefore, in 2007 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution 61/225, which led to the recognition of 14th November as World Diabetes Day.
With the support from the member states, several national policies were in the making to promote human health and provide easy access to treatment focusing on sustainable development of the overall healthcare system. Therefore, spreading awareness is the main message on World Diabetes Day because only upon knowing a disease will you be able to prevent it better.
Furthermore, contracting diabetes is also an economic threat. The cost of managing blood sugar levels on a daily basis is hefty, especially for Economically Weaker Sections that are more prone to this disease. Therefore, appointing a day to make people aware of the threat and how it can be prevented can be highly beneficial.
Now let us observe the importance of diabetes day.