November 14, 2022
World Diabetes Day is an annual event that is celebrated on November 14. It was initiated in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation to increase awareness of Diabetes and to improve the lives of people with Diabetes.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 422 million people worldwide have Diabetes, and about 29 million people don’t know they have it. People with Diabetes are more likely to develop heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and other health problems.
The prevalence of type 2 diabetes among Filipinos has been observed to be higher than in most other Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands countries. The Philippines has a population of over 100 million with a prevalence rate of 8%, while it ranges from 1% – 3% in other countries in Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands region.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of Diabetes and is linked to obesity and an unhealthy diet. Type 1 diabetes usually develops in children or young adults but can also develop in adults. It’s an autoimmune condition where the body does not produce insulin to control blood sugar levels because of an attack on the pancreas by the immune system.
In the Philippines, more than 6 million Filipinos are living with Diabetes, making the Philippines have one of the highest rates of Diabetes in the world. Diabetes patients risk developing complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and amputations.
To date, there is no cure for Diabetes; however, there are treatments to help manage it. Clinical trials are essential to research that can help find a cure.
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