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WHO Focuses on Diabetes for World Health Day

Meghana Giridhar - April 05, 2016 10:50 AM

April 7th, 2016 is World Health Day. The World Health Organization (WHO) is aiming efforts at creating awareness and working towards the prevention of diabetes.

A chronic disease, diabetes occurs when the pancreas don’t produce enough insulin, a hormone regulating blood sugar. It could also occur when the body is unable to utilize the insulin produced in an effective manner. This could lead to harmful buildup of sugar levels in the body or worse, damage to the nerves and blood cells. Repercussions include heart attacks, strokes, nerve damage, kidney failure, blindness, to name a few.

According to WHO, 9% of adults 18 years and older had diabetes, in 2014. In 2012, the disease was the direct cause of some 1.5 million deaths, with more than 80% of those occurring in low- and middle-income countries. WHO projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death by the year 2030.

If that’s not enough evidence of a health crisis, there is also the sobering fact that diabetes is on the ascendance in low and middle-income countries. The disease is, however, preventable with simple lifestyle tweaks that include eating healthy meals, exercising and maintaining weight. The condition is also controllable if people are made aware of affordable treatment measures that WHO is intent on.

WHO has a global Sustainable Development Goal target of reducing premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by one third by 2030.
The core areas of WHO’s strategy for 2016’s World Health Day covers:

•    Prevention
•    Care enhancement
•    Increased surveillance

The organization’s goals include:

•    Increased education about the rise in diabetes cases and it’s effects on low and middle income countries

•    Establishing detailed, effective and affordable strategies covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care to tackle the condition

Click here for more information on how to get involved and do your bit to beat diabetes.

Meghana Giridhar serves as Content Manager and is part of eCareDiary's founding team. In her role, she oversees and edits content across all of eCareDiary's media platforms.

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