It’s a Diabetes World

Dr. Fredrick Banting.

Today, November 14th, is World Diabetes Day. In 1991 the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization launched the campaign. The date was not chosen on a whim, November 14th is the birth date of Dr. Fredrick Banting, one of the founders of insulin (1921). He and his team are credited with finding the way to save every type 1 diabetic’s life.

World Diabetes Day is meant to bring attention to issues faced by the diabetes community. Countries around the world participate by holding conventions, awareness programs, all kinds of events, free medical screenings, sporting events, and many other community efforts.

Many diabetics choose the day to reflect on their life with this disease, and also to spread awareness through social media, blogs, and in person by volunteering to speak about diabetes at schools or other places.

Diabetes should not be ignored by anyone. Every person on earth is already touched by this disease in some way; maybe you have a type of diabetes, or you know at least one person who does. Even if you don’t have it or don’t know anyone who does (because you live in a hole) you are still touched by it because no one is immune, everyone is at risk of developing some type of diabetes.  It is important to know the symptoms, it is important to know the disease, it is important to be aware, it is important to catch it early if it does develop in you. It is important to be as healthy as possible.

Symptoms of diabetes:

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Excessive thirst, frequent urination, increased appetite (hunger), sudden and rapid weight loss, fatigue, irritability, blurry vision.

If you or someone you know are experiencing any combination of these symptoms, see a doctor ASAP.

Facts about diabetes around the world:

Finland has the highest population of type 1 diabetics.

Tokelau has the highest prevalence of diabetes (all types combined).

Benin has the fewest diabetics (all types combined).

It is estimated that there are 57 million type 1 diabetics walking this earth at this moment.

Many type 1 diabetics still die everyday because they do not have access to insulin.

It is estimated that about 370 million people worldwide have type 2 diabetes. And the number is rising quickly.


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