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World Diabetes Day

On November 14 each year, World Diabetes Day aims to increase an awareness of the effects of diabetes and the complications caused by the disease.

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Healthy eating helps prevent or delay the development of diabetes. © iStockphoto.com / webphotographer

What Do People Do?

The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation and its member associations around the world,

Background

Diabetes is the common name for a range of conditions including diabetes mellitus type one and diabetes mellitus type two, diabetes insipidus and gestational diabetes. These are all conditions, which affect how the pancreas (an organ in the digestive system) secretes insulin or how the body reacts to this hormone. Depending on the type and severity, diabetes is controlled by dietary measures, weight loss, oral medication or injected or inhaled insulin. There is a wide range of short and long-term complications of diabetes including foot and eye problems and vascular diseases.

The occasion aimed to raise awareness of diabetes, its prevention and complications and the care that people with the condition need. Governments, non-governmental organizations and private businesses are encouraged to increase awareness of the disease, particularly among the general population and the media. World Diabetes Day was first commemorated on November 14, 2007, and is observed annually.

Whitehouse Pharmacy will be conducting free screening for the month of November 2016.Kindly book your appointment with the nurse.

www.idf.org/wdd-index/

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