World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the WHO in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes.
WDD is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people around the globe and draws attention to the impact diabetes has on the family while it promotes the important role families have in the management, care, and prevention of the conditions. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2019 is Family and Diabetes.
The WDD 2019 has three main focus areas:
- Discover diabetes
- Prevent type 2 diabetes
- Manage diabetes
More information on these 3 aspects can be found on the International Diabetes Federation’s website
- Discover diabetes - https://worlddiabetesday.org/about/discover-diabetes/
- Prevent type 2 diabetes - https://worlddiabetesday.org/about/prevent-type-2-diabetes/
- Manage diabetes - https://worlddiabetesday.org/about/manage-diabetes/
In 2018 a total of 8.642 patients have been treated for diabetes in Aruba.
Diabetes care has a price tag of 5 million florins each year. The Platform for Health Promotion urges families to learn more about the warning signs of Diabetes. They also urge everyone to find out if you or any family member are at risk of becoming type 2 diabetic or have undiagnosed type 1 diabetes.
Left untreated or unmanaged, diabetes can lead to life-changing complications.
- Kidney failure
- Heart attack and stroke
This November the Platform for Health Promotion urges everyone to get their blood sugar tested at one of the many planned activities. IBISA will be announcing these activities on their Facebook page @IBISA. There will also be a link available to “know your risks”, an online quiz to know your risks of developing type 2 Diabetes