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Diabetes: Let’s Stop The Epidemic

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According to the International Diabetes Federation and World Health Organisation, more than 640 million people all over the globe may be living with Type 2 Diabetes by 2040. It’s now time to STOP THE EPIDEMIC OF DIABETES! The promotion of a healthy diet and lifestyle can help reduce the risk of developing this disease. Let us encourage healthy eating habits in young children to help stop the rise of the diabetes epidemic. The health of future generations is a step towards ensuring a diabetes-free future.

 

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Symptoms:
  • Excessive Urination (Polyuria)
  • Frequent Thirst (Polydipsia)
  • Constant Hunger (Polyphagia)
  • Loss of Weight
  • Blurring of Vision
  • Fatigue
  • A Non-Healing Wound
  • Numbness of Both Feet

 

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Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation. Almost half of all deaths attributable to diabetes occur before the age of 70 years.

 

Complication and Prevention:
  • Diabetes can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves.
  • Patients have a 2-3 fold increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
  • Combined with reduced blood flow, neuropathy (nerve damage) in the feet increases the chance of foot ulcers, infection and eventual need for limb amputation.
  • Diabetic retinopathy is an important cause of blindness, and occurs as a result of long-term accumulated damage to the small blood vessels in the retina. Some 2.6% of global blindness can be attributed to diabetes¹. Diabetes is among the leading causes of kidney failure².

 

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Author: Jardine Lloyd Thompson – Benefit Solutions
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Reference: WHO 2016 Fact Sheet¹  |  International Diabetes Foundation²

Disclaimer: The information and advice contained herein are neither exhaustive nor definitive in all circumstances. Please consult your doctor if in doubt or need further advice.

 

 

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