World Diabetes Day

Learn about and
prevent diabetes on
World Diabetes Day
14 November 2014

World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day is observed on 14 November each year.

Between 2014 and 2016, ‘Health Living and Diabetes’ is the theme of World Diabetes Day.   Education and prevention is about knowing the warning signs and risks associated with diabetes, knowing who can help to manage and control diabetes and what to do if you are a sufferer.

Moreover, you’ll need to know about the different types of diabetes.  Type one, type two and gestational diabetes mellitus.

Type one is insulin-dependent, meaning that sufferers have to inject the insulin hormone into their bodies in order to produce what the body can’t.  A body without insulin mean blood glucose levels are heightened, and this leads to serious organ damage.

Type two is not insulin dependent, but does mean that you are likely to have high blood pressure and a decreased amount of insulin produced in the body.

Gestational diabetes sometimes occurs in pregnant women when the body is unable to produce enough insulin needed to get them through their pregnancy.

Education is particularly important as diabetes can affect all aspects of life.  The disease is life-long and requires many lifestyle adjustments to be made; diet, exercise and medication all needs to be monitored and altered.

In order to make the right decisions about behaviour when managing and living with diabetes, sufferers need to be correctly informed about the implications.

Poor diabetes education results in more chance of complications and less chance of leading a healthy life.

Being aware of risk factors such as obesity, glucose intolerance, lack of exercise and an unhealthy diet is important in the fight against further incidences of diabetes.  Those with these risk factors also need to look out for warning signs including tiredness, weight loss, increased thirst, blurred vision and lack of concentration.  Education is key to prevention.

World Diabetes Day also aims to change education worldwide so that it provides the information people need in order to live with the condition and treat it carefully.

Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Diabetes and hearing loss are two of America’s most widespread health concerns. Nearly 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and an estimated 34.5 million have some type of hearing loss. Those are large groups of people, and it appears there is a lot of overlap between the two.

A recent study found that hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as it is in those who don’t have the disease. Also, of the 86 million adults in the U.S. who have prediabetes, the rate of hearing loss is 30 percent higher than in those with normal blood glucose.

Right now we don’t know how diabetes is related to hearing loss. It’s possible that the high blood glucose levels associated with diabetes cause damage to the small blood vessels in the inner ear, similar to the way in which diabetes can damage the eyes and the kidneys. But more research needs to be done to discover why people with diabetes have a higher rate of hearing loss.

Since it can happen slowly, the symptoms of hearing loss can often be hard to notice. In fact, family members and friends sometimes notice the hearing loss before the person experiencing it.

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