Follow medical advice

"A range of treatments exists to manage diabetes and control blood glucose, including through eating healthy, being active, taking prescribed medication, controlling blood pressure, and avoiding tobacco use. People with diabetes can live well if they follow a treatment plan developed together with their health-care provider." World Health Organization, 2016

 

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This informational graphic was originally published on the World Health Organization's website. It has been republished here with permission.

Be active

"Being physically active – through at least 30 minutes of regular, moderate-intensity activity on most days – can help prevent Type 2 diabetes and its complications, as well as help people to better manage Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes if they have it." World Health Organization, 2016

 

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This informational graphic was originally published on the World Health Organization's website. It has been republished here with permission.

Eat healthy

"A healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in sugar and saturated fats can help prevent Type 2 diabetes, and also help people to manage Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes if they have it." World Health Organization, 2016

 

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This informational graphic was originally published on the World Health Organization's website. It has been republished here with permission.

What are the risks of diabetes in children?

by World Health Organization

candyThe frequency of diabetes is rising around the world, and studies are showing children are at increasing risk of developing the disease. About 350 million people worldwide have the illness, a number likely to more than double in the next 20 years. Over time, diabetes can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves - causing chronic problems and early death.

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes (sometimes called insulin-dependent, juvenile or childhood-onset diabetes) occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar. The cause is not known, but it is thought to be the result of a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Halt the rise of diabetes

"In 2008, an estimated 347 million people in the world had diabetes and the prevalence is growing, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. In 2012, the disease was the direct cause of some 1.5 million deaths, with more than 80% of those occurring in low- and middle-income countries. WHO projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death by 2030."
World Health Organization, 2016

Today, Thursday 7th April, we join the international community in recognising World Health Day. This year's campaign encourages us to "Beat Diabetes." The Ministry of Health of Trinidad and Tobago states: "In 1980, Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in Trinidad and Tobago. Today, it is the second leading cause of death with approximately 140,000 persons aged 20-69 years living with the condition. This means that over the last 35 years, there has been a 350% increase in the number of people in our population who have developed diabetes"(Ministry of Health, 2016).