World Health Day is a founding day of the World Health Organization which was established in 1950.
People from all over the world celebrate it on 7th of April. Every year has a different topic, which draw people’s’ attention. 2016 World Health Day is focused on diabetes. “Diabetes: Scale up prevention, strengthen care, and enhance surveillance”. Main goal of WHO is to increase awareness about the rise in diabetes and its staggering burden and consequences. But what exactly diabetes is? A group of metabolic diseases in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. Symptoms of high blood sugar include frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger. In 2013, 75,578 people died from diabetes.
10 facts about diabetes
- About 347 million people worldwide have diabetes.
- Diabetes is predicted to become the 7th leading cause of death in the world by 2030.
- There are two majors of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes is characterized by a lack of insulin production and type 2 diabetes results from the body’s ineffective use of insulin.
- A third type of diabetes is gestational diabetes.
- Type 2 diabetes is much more common than type 1 diabetes.
- Cardiovascular disease is responsible for between 50% and 80% of deaths in people with diabetes.
- In 2012 diabetes was the direct cause of 1.5 million deaths.
- 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
- Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness amputation and kidney failure.
- Type 2 diabetes can be prevented.
But it’s not only about diabetes and diabetics. On this day you should take some extra steps to care more for your health. Maybe you should think about joining the gym, start died or be more active. 7th of April is a day when you can take your health in your hands and fight for better future!