Today is World Diabetes Day, a day which was founded by the International Diabetes Foundation with the intent of raising worldwide awareness about the escalating rates of the disease. “Diabetes Education and Prevention” is the five-year theme for 2009-2013. A blue circle is the symbol for diabetes awareness, with blue representing the sky (and the color of the UN flag) and the circle conveying unification of the international community.
November 11 is the birthday of Frederick Banting, who was a leader in the discovery of insulin in 1922, a life-saving treatment for diabetes patients. The World Health Organization estimates that 346 million people worldwide have diabetes and this number is slated to more than double by 2030 without intervention.
Tips for Prevention: Use these tips from The Mayo Clinic to prevent or delay the onset of type II diabetes (which is the most common type):
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Regular physical activity helps you lose weight, lowers your blood sugar, and boots your sensitivity to insulin—which helps keep blood sugar in a healthy range
- Reach for whole grains and high fiber foods: These dietary choices help reduce your risk by regulating blood sugar levels
- Lose the extra weight: If you are overweight, diabetes prevention may be dependent on weight loss (overweight adults reduced their risk of the disease by 16% for every 2.2 lbs of weight lost!)
Share with us how you are doing your part either at work or in your personal life to increase diabetes awareness and prevention!