November 14th is World Diabetes Day, and it brings awareness to this condition and treatment.
Increased access to diabetes education is important, as so many people have this disease. Approximately 537 million adults (20-79 years) are living with diabetes today and 1.5 million deaths are directly attributed to diabetes each year.
Diabetes is a chronic, metabolic disease characterized by elevated levels of blood glucose (or blood sugar), which leads over time to serious damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves. Type-2 diabetes is largely preventable and treatable non-communicable disease that is rapidly increasing in numbers worldwide. Type 1 diabetes is not preventable but can be managed with insulin injections.
Some of the most common diabetes symptoms could include urinating a lot (especially at night), being very thirsty, losing weight without trying, blurry vision, fatigue.
Early treatment is very important, as it can affect the outcome of the disease. Regular check-ups at the doctor could make a difference to catch diabetes early on.
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