Today is World Diabetes Day.
It’s November the 14th. And that means that it’s World Diabetes Day. The focus of this year’s campaign from Diabetes UK is ‘getting to know’ diabetes. Their aim today is to ensure as many people as possible understand what diabetes is, how it is treated and what it’s like to live with.
It’s something that we are very aware of here at World First. We cover both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, which means we have to be able to understand the condition. It is only by understanding what it’s like to live with diabetes and the possible complications that enable us to be able to offer the right kind of cover – at a price that’s right. We understand not everyone’s condition is the same so we are able to ask the right questions to get the right level of cover.
Diabetes UK say on their website “World Diabetes Day is a day when millions of people around the world come together to raise awareness of diabetes, and what it’s really like to live with the condition. It’s a global campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) with activity taking place around the world. This year we want everyone to know diabetes. So we're talking about the complications diabetes can lead to and how to avoid them.”
They continue “Understanding how serious diabetes is means knowing that in the UK it kills 65 people every single day. That diabetes causes blindness and kidney disease. That every week there are 1400 cases of heart failure, 540 strokes and 140 lower limb amputations caused by diabetes.”
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a common health condition. The risk factors for type 1 and type 2 diabetes are different, but may include a mix of genes, lifestyle and environmental factors.
Type 1 diabetes develops when the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas have been destroyed. No one knows for certain why these cells have been damaged, but the most likely cause is the body having an abnormal reaction to the cells. This may be triggered by a viral or other infection. Type 2 diabetes usually appears in middle-aged or older people, although more frequently it is being diagnosed in younger overweight people, and it is known to affect people from BAME backgrounds at a younger age. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body is not making enough insulin, or the insulin it is making is not being used properly. The risk of developing Type 2 diabetes can be reduced by changes in lifestyle16.
How common is diabetes?
In the UK it is estimated that around 1 in 17 have diabetes, both diagnosed and undiagnosed, with an estimated 630,000 people undiagnosed.
Diabetes affects children, with the peak age for diagnosis being between 10 and 14. There are 35,000 under the age of 19 with diabetes in the UK. Of those, 52% are boys and 48% are girls, with 96% having type 1 diabetes and 2% having type 2, while 2% have MODY and other rare forms of diabetes.
What to do if you think you may have diabetes
Diabetes UK run a hotline for people worried about diabetes or who are living with diabetes and need help and advice. Call them between 9am and 7pm on 0345 123 2399 or on 0141 212 8710 if you are in Scotland.
Traveling with diabetes?
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