[Infographics] World Diabetes Day, November 14th 2015
Every year, November 14th is World Diabetes Day. It also marks the day of the discovery of insulin by Frederick Grant Banting and Charles Brest back in 1922. This day of mobilization, organized since 1991 by the International Federation of Diabetes (IFD) and backed by the World Health Organization (WHO), aims at raising awareness on general issues about diabetes but also on the existing therapeutic solutions towards health professionals, patients, opinion leaders as well as the general public. Diabetes is a disease characterized by chronic hyperglycemia and affecting over 347 million people worldwide. There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes (insulin-dependent), characterized by insufficient production of insulin by the body, and type 2 diabetes (non-insulin-dependent), resulting from misuse of insulin by the body. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas, which reduces the level of sugar in the blood. Simple lifestyle measures have been shown to be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. To help prevent type 2 diabetes and its complications, people should: – achieve and maintain healthy body weight, – be physically active (at least 30 minutes of regular moderate-intensity activity every day), – follow a healthy diet (between 3 and 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day and reduce sugar and saturated fats intake), – avoid tobacco use (smoking increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases).
Have a look at our infographics to learn more about diabetes: