April 7 is the World Health Day. Every year the World Health Organization chooses a health problem that concerns millions and millions of people around the world and raises awareness to that problem.
This year, the World Health Day is dedicated to Diabetes, a disease that affects 422 million people, according to the World Health Organization. In order to join the conversation about diabetes we will highlight 10 facts about the disease:
- 422 million is the estimated number of people worldwide who suffer from the disease
- It is one of the leading causes of death
- There are two major types of diabetes: type 1 (caused by lack of insulin production) and type 2 (caused by the ineffective use of insulin)
- The third type of diabetes is related to pregnancy, the gestational diabetes
- The incidence of type 2 diabetes is much greater than the others
- When diabetes is detected and well-managed, people can live a long and healthy life with the disease
- Early detection and diagnosis is crucial for patients to live a long life
- The majority of deaths related to diabetes occur in low and middle-income countries
- Diabetes can cause blindness, amputation and kidney failure
- Type 2 diabetes can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle
A healthy lifestyle increases the chances to avoid being affected by diseases such as diabetes type 2 that are caused by sedentary lifestyle and poor nutrition. Eat well and be physically active are two of the most important tips for those who want to live longer.
Read the full article on the World Health Organization’s website, here.