World Health Day is organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and is celebrated every year on April 7th, the day that the WHO was originally founded. Each year a new health topic is chosen to be the center of focus for the day and this year, diabetes is the disease that is being brought into the spotlight.
The main goal of this year’s World Health Day is to bring to the public’s attention the seriousness of diabetes today and how immense of an effect it is having on millions of people worldwide.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body metabolizes sugar. A person with diabetes is unable to properly use the sugar in the foods that they eat meaning that it stays in the bloodstream, causing the blood sugar levels to rise. High levels of glucose in the blood can be very dangerous and can lead to very serious health complications such as blindness, heart attack, kidney failure or amputation of limbs.
What are the Two Main Types of Diabetes?
Type 1 Diabetes: Type 1 diabetes is primarily diagnosed in people under the age of 30. It’s causes are not yet fully understood but it occurs when the cells of the pancreas become destroyed and the body becomes unable to properly produce insulin. This lack of insulin results in an increase of sugar in the blood. The primary treatment for this type of diabetes is insulin injections.
Type 2 Diabetes: In the past, this type of diabetes was primarily found in adults over the age of 30 however with the increasing incidence of obesity worldwide, it is becoming much more common to find Type 2 diabetes in people of any age, including young children. This type usually progresses much more slowly as the body very slowly becomes either unable to produce the required amounts of insulin needed or the cells of the body become resistant to the insulin that is being produced. This type of diabetes can often be managed with diet and exercise regimens or a combination of lifestyle changes and oral or injectable prescription medications.
How Can you Help Spread the Word About Diabetes?
The World Health Organization has a great deal of important and interesting information on diabetes on their World Health Day Website. Activities and quizzes are available to help you increase your knowledge of the disease. There are also resources on how to plan your own event to raise awareness in your local community.
If you would like more information on Type 2 diabetes, visit our other blog post.
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