Go Blue for Diabetes
Diabetes has for many years been associated with old age and believed to affect particular races. Over the past 10 years however, we have seen an increase in the number of Batswana living with diabetes. According to the World Health Organisation(WHO), Diabetes is number 1 of the leading causes of death in the world. This basically means that more people are losing their lives to diabetes more than any other disease in the world. Most of us may already know that there are 2 major forms of Diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes is characterized by a lack of insulin production and type 2 results from the bodies ineffective use of insulin. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented through lifestyle changes. Our level of knowledge around diabetes goes as far as this for most of us but here are a few facts to note before we forward.
1. There is another type of diabetes called, Gestational Diabetes. This type affects women when they are pregnant and usually resolves following birth. It does not often pose the same long-term risks to those affected, but can cause larger babies and problems during birth itself.
2. Diabetes used to be very rare in children, but as obesity rates have increased, now almost half of new diabetes diagnoses are in children and young adults.
3. During the next decade, it is expected that deaths caused by complications related to diabetes will jump by more than 50%.
4. About one third of all people with diabetes do not know they have the disease.
5. Type 2 diabetes often does not have any symptoms.
If you have read up on any other disease i am certain that one of the facts that are highlighted is the fact that our lifestyles can change the direction in which our health takes and that early detection is vital for the progression of any disease. This applies to diabetes aswell especially since you can live with diabetes with no symptoms; therefore regular screenings are important. Diabetes Association of Botswana commemorated International Diabetes Day on the 11th November 2017 in Ramotswana. The walk was sponsored by Nandos and was held on Saturday in order to reach more people. Today, Batswana can head to Block 6 clinic for a free diabetes screen. This is the first step in making efforts to prevent living with diseases like Diabetes.
For those living and affected by Diabetes we stand behind in you blue!