November 14th Designated “World Diabetes Awareness Day”
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, October 31, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT
World Diabetes Day is a campaign that features a new theme chosen by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) each year to address issues facing the global diabetes community. While the themed campaigns last the whole year, the day itself is celebrated on November 14th, to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.
The campaign theme for 2013 is “Diabetes Education & Prevention”. Diabetes is difficult. The disease imposes life-long demands on the more than 371 million people now living with diabetes and their families. People with diabetes must deliver 95% of their own care, so it is of paramount importance that they receive ongoing, high-quality diabetes education that is tailored to their needs and delivered by skilled health professionals. In addition, IDF estimates that over 344 million people worldwide are at risk for type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented in the many cases by helping and encouraging those at risk to maintain a healthy weight and take regular exercise. The key messages for everyone are:
• Know the diabetes risks and know the warning signs
• Know how to respond to diabetes and who to turn to
• Know how to manage diabetes and take control
For information on diabetes, contact the Paramus Board of Health at 201-265-2100, Ext. 615 or 618.