World Health Day – Beat Diabetes

Thursday, 07 April 2016
World Health Day – Beat Diabetes

According to the World Health Organisation, 422 million adults currently live with diabetes, with most of them residing in developing countries – a number that has quadrupled since the 1980’s and it is expected to double in the next 20 years.

This is why this year’s World Health Day is dedicated to beating, raising awareness around and promoting health ideas to prevent diabetes.

Diabetes is a chronic, non-communicable disease (NCD), characterized by elevated levels of blood glucose (blood sugar). Diabetes greatly increase a person's risk for a range of serious health complications. Although monitoring and managing the disease can prevent complications, diabetes remains the leading cause of blindness and kidney failure. It continues to be a critical risk factor for heart disease, strokes, and foot or leg amputations.

“Many cases of diabetes can be prevented, and measures exist to detect and manage the condition, improving the odds that people with diabetes live long and healthy lives,” says Dr Oleg Chestnov – World Health Organisation’s Assistant Director-General for NCDs and Mental Health. 

For this reason The Feel Good Team has created the infographic below, which provides some facts and visuals on how diabetes can affect your eyesight and how you can lower your chances of developing the condition.

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