Today is World Diabetes Day. It is celebrated on the 14th November every year and was introduced by the World Health Organisation and the International Diabetes Federation. The date is a significant one as it celebrates the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, discovered diabetes in 1922.
World Diabetes Day has a different theme each year and this one is “Eyes on Diabetes”. The aim is to promote the importance of getting an early diagnosis for diabetes, so recognising the signs and symptoms of the condition is very important, and raising awareness of what treatment is available to reduce and prevent any complications that can arise from diabetes. You can read more information on World Diabetes Day at Diabetes.co.uk.
In order to help raise awareness around Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes as well as the more recently reported Diabulimia, a condition in which young people with diabetes stop taking their insulin in order to lose weight, provider of daily living aids, NRS Healthcare, has launched a campaign featuring an informational infographic and a documentary style video.
The infographic aims to help clear confusion between the different types of diabetes and the terms around them, including hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia and gestational diabetes. It includes stats and facts on diabetes, such as 700 people a day are diagnosed with diabetes, and how the conditions can be managed.
They have also created this video featuring a woman living with type 1 diabetes, discussing her diagnosis, developing ketoacidosis and warning about the risks of diabulimia. They recommend visiting Diabetics with Eating Disorders (DWED) for those who need guidance in battling the conditions they’re living with.