World Health Day two thousand sixteen: Let'south Beat Diabetes

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 10:57 PM

But this year, not with cake. The traditional birthday cake will be replaced by healthier options, love fruit, and a call to action to tackle diabetes.

World Health Day two thousand sixteen: Let'south Beat Diabetes

The World Health Organization will celebrate its birthday on April seventh -- World Health Day. But this year, not with cake. The traditional birthday cake will be replaced by healthier options, love fruit, and a call to action to tackle diabetes.

Diabetes ─ long perceived as a sickness of the affluent ─ is on the rise everywhere and is presently most common in developing countries. Its impact is felt by individuals, families, communities and national economies, yet much of its burden is avoidable.

The statistics speak for themselves. The no of people living with diabetes and its prevalence are growing in all regions of the world. In two thousand-fourteenth, four hundred twenty-two million adults (or 8.5 % of the population) had diabetes, compared with one hundred eight million (4.7 percent) in one thousand nine hundred-eightieth. Diabetes is rising fastest in the world's low- and middle-income countries. In two thousand-twelfth, diabetes caused one.5 million deaths. Higher-than-optimal blood glucose levels caused an additional two.2 million deaths, by increasing the risk of cardiovascular and other diseases.

Poorly controlled diabetes can cause complications including heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, blindness, and ft ulcers than can lead to amputations. Many of these complications, and these premature deaths, could be prevented. The technologies and medicines to enable people with diabetes to live healthy lives exist, yet still don't reach those who necessity them.

Diabetes is a sickness characterised by elevated blood glucose levels. Most people with diabetes have the type 2 form of the disease, which is largely caused by unhealthy eating and lack of physical activity. Staggeringly, today more than one in three adults is overweight and more than one in tenth is obese. Type 1 diabetes, which most commonly affects children and adolescents and requires daily insulin for survival, is currently not preventable.

At the World Health Gathering in two thousand-thirteenth, governments committed to halt the rise of diabetes by two thousand twenty-five, but we're clearly not on track. Policies are needed to make better people'south access to affordable, healthy foods and to opportunities for physical activity, to influence patterns of diet and physical action across whole populations. A combination of monetary policies, legislation, changes to the environment and raising awareness of health risks works best for promoting healthier diets and physical activity. Such measures will also benefit people living with diabetes and reduce risk of complications.

Governments have also committed, most recently in the two thousand thirty Agenda for Sustainable Development, to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases including diabetes. People with diabetes can live long and healthy lives if their sickness is detected and well-managed. WHO'south Global report on diabetes, released today, shows that governments around the world have begun to act, but much more concerted action is needed.

Access to fundamental medicines and technologies for diabetes is frighteningly inadequate in low- and middle-income countries, where most people with diabetes live. For example, blood glucose and urine glucose measurement--basic technologies required for diagnosis and monitoring--are generally available in less than half of low-income countries, in contrast to more than ninety % of high-income countries. Similarly, only twenty-three % of low-income countries report that insulin is generally available in publicly-funded primary-care facilities, in contrast with ninety-six % of high-income countries.

Preventing deaths and complications from diabetes requires access to affordable health-care services with equipment sufficient to diagnose and monitor diabetes; patient education to promote healthy diet, physical action and self-care; fundamental medicines for diabetes management, including life-saving insulin; regular screening for complications and early treatment when they're found; and a referral system across various levels of health care.

Governments also necessity to invest in better monitoring of diabetes, including who's getting access to the treatment they need, and who's lost out.

Together, we can halt the rise in diabetes and allow care to make better quality of life for the millions of people living with the disease. Deliberate, effective responses are needed from government; health-care providers; civil society; producers of medicines, technologies and food; from people living with diabetes; and from each of us. Everyone has a role to play.

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