World Diabetes Day

By Katie Ralbusky, Online Editor

According to the International Diabetes Federation, “The World Diabetes Day 2014 campaign marks the first of a three-year (2014-16) focus on healthy living and diabetes. This year’s activities and materials will specifically address the topic of healthy eating and its importance both in the prevention of type 2 diabetes and the effective management of diabetes to avoid complications.” The IDF Diabetes Atlas indicates that there are roughly 382 million people living with diabetes worldwide. What is most disturbing about the disease is that it affects more people than we are aware of. Half of all people in the world with the disease go undiagnosed.

The website states that, “World Diabetes Day was jointly introduced by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). The global diabetes awareness campaign was introduced amidst concern over an escalating diabetes epidemic.” The date for this is Nov. 14 and was selected because it is the birthday of Frederick Banting, one of the men who discovered insulin in 1922.

This day is celebrated in over 160 countries throughout the world. The article World Diabetes Day lists what people do to celebrate the day. “Conferences, workshops and seminars for health and public policy professionals. The distribution of information to encourage at risk individuals to be screened for diabetes. Events to highlight diabetes in local and national media, including television, newspapers and Internet publications. The World Diabetes Day bike races to increase awareness of diabetes. The distribution of geocoins for use in geocaching (a game for global positioning systems users.”

While the disease can be genetic, people must also realize they can help take preventative measures. People can control their weight, get moving—and turn off the electronics, regulate their diets, and try to quit if you’re a smoker. Even though living with diabetes has its obstacles, the disease does not have to be a death sentence. Just remember to help celebrate such an important day. Stay healthy and happy.