World Health Day 2016 – Beat Diabetes


World Health Day 2016 – Beat Diabetes


The World Health Organization is marking, World Health Day, 7th April 2016 by calling for action on Diabetes. Let’s Beat Diabetes Together!
Diabetes Mellitus is a group of metabolic diseases which causes the person to have high blood sugar levels. It is a long-term condition and needs to be managed at the earliest in order to prevent other complications.
According to The International Diabetes Federation (IDF), India is on its way to becoming the diabetes capital of the world. Studies have shown than about 40 million Indians were diabetic in 2007 and the number is to reach 70 million by the year 2025. Diabetes is growing alarmingly in India, home to more than 65,1 million people with the disease, compared to 50.8 million in 2010.


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__Types of Diabetes__


Diabetes Mellitus can be broadly classified into 3 types:


• Type 1 Diabetes: The body of people with Type-1 diabetes fails to produce insulin. Hence, this type of diabetes is known as insulin-dependent diabetes. Type-1 diabetes usually develops in teenage years and early adulthood


• Type 2 Diabetes: This is the most common type of diabetes diagnosed in people. Type-2 diabetes causes the body to produce insulin in very limited quantities which are not sufficient for the proper functioning of cells. Sometimes, the cells become resistant to insulin and are not able to react to the hormone


• Gestational Diabetes: This type of diabetes is experienced by pregnant women. At times, during pregnancy the glucose level in the body rises and the body may not be able to produce enough insulin to transport to all the cells, leading to gestational diabetes




Common symptoms of diabetes include:
• Excessive thirst and hunger
• Frequent urination
• Weight loss
• Fatigue
• Slow healing of wounds
• Tingling and numbness in the feet and toes




Lifestyle changes can help in preventing diabetes. Some preventive steps include:
• Maintaining a healthy weight
• Having a balanced diet which is low in fat and high in fibre
• Exercising regularly- at least 30 minutes a day
• Checking blood sugar levels on a regular basis
• Going for annual health check-ups


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