World Diabetes Day falls on the 14 November. Diabetes is a disease characterized by abnormally high levels of blood glucose due to the body’s decreased production of or decreased sensitivity to insulin. The common symptoms of diabetes are fatigue, lethargy and more often hunger. This happens because even though there is too much sugar in blood, glucose cannot get into the cells where it is needed. Shakiness, nervousness or anxiety, dizziness and difficulty concentrating and blurred vision are some others symptoms of diabetes. If you do not act earlier, this disease can cause a long-term effect that causes other chronic diseases such as blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and stroke. Diabetes is also known as a silent killer.
“The Family and Diabetes” is the theme for World Diabetes Day 2018 and 2019. Family support is crucial for someone with diabetes. Diabetes can affect a whole family. Therefore family members need to comfort, inspire and empower a family member diagnosed as diabetic. Family support in diabetes care has been shown to have a substantial effect in improving health outcomes for people with diabetes. It is therefore important that ongoing diabetes self-management education and support be accessible to all people with diabetes and their families to reduce the emotional impact of the disease that can result in a negative quality of life.
Please check our collection on Diabetes to know more about the disease. Knowledge is power.