The diabetes community is marking World Diabetes Day today.
World Diabetes Day is celebrated on November 14th and an official event recognised by the United Nations and International Diabetes Federation.
November 14th is a significant date in the diabetes calendar because it marks the birthday of the man who co-discovered insulin, Frederick Banting. Banting discovered insulin in 1922, alongside Charles Best.
The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and support network of those affected, as well as promoting the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of diabetes.
There are several types of diabetes, but the main 2 types are:
- Type 1 diabetes – where the body cannot produce insulin
- Type 2 diabetes – where the body either cannot produce enough insulin, or the body is resistant to the insulin it is producing
Over 4.8 million people have diabetes in the UK. This is predicted to reach 5.5 million people by 2030.
Approximately 9 in 10 people with diabetes are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
- Association found between blood sugar levels and autoimmunity in children with high risk of type 1 diabetes
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A staggering 13.6 million people considered to be at an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in the UK.
The good news is that blood glucose levels can be managed within ‘normal’ ranges, regardless of type.
For instance, avoiding refined and processed foods, walking after meals and checking blood glucose levels regularly can both support management of blood glucose levels.