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[Yap State News Brief] World Diabetes Day 2012 – News from Public Health Division

Source: Yap State News Brief (2012/11/14)

From World Health Organization (WHO) – World Diabetes Day raises global awareness of diabetes – its escalating rates around the world and how to prevent the illness in most cases. Started by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and WHO, the Day is celebrated on November 14 to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, was instrumental in the discovery of insulin in 1922, a life-saving treatment for diabetes patients.

WHO estimates that more than 346 million people worldwide have diabetes. This number is likely to more than double by 2030 without intervention. Almost 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recognizes this day as World Diabetes Day with this year’s theme Diabetes Education and Prevention.

Diabetes is caused by the lack of insulin or unusable insulin which prevents your body from getting the energy it needs. Signs of diabetes include feeling tired, feeling very thirsty, passing a lot of urine, blurred vision, and skin infections or slow healing of wounds.

According to SPC Diabetes Resource Manual, you are at risk of getting diabetes if you are over 30 years of age, overweight or obese, have a close family member with diabetes, or have an unhealthy lifestyle.

Diabetes education and prevention has never been more important today. Yap currently has 374 known cases of Diabetes and this number is expected to rise.

By Municipality, Rull, Gagil, and Tomil have the highest number of known diabetic cases.

By island or atoll, Satawal, Ulithi, and Woleai have the highest numbers of known diabetic cases.

Why should we be concerned about diabetes?

Diabetes is known to lead to fatal problems such as those of the heart and kidney. Other complications include blindness, amputation, and increased chances of getting infection.

Diabetes is generally preventable; however experts believe that individuals with family history of diabetes have higher chances of acquiring the disease. If you are not sure about your health status, ask your family members about the history of diabetes in the family. Knowing if you are predisposed to diabetes as soon as possible is a good way to prevent diabetes or at least put off diabetes until later on in life.

On this day and onward, we recognize Diabetes as a serious non-communicable disease, one that can adversely alter our lives forever if not controlled.

The Division of Public Health is encouraging at-risk patients to attend NCD Clinic at the hospital or any of the CHC sites. If you have been identified during the household survey as being at-risk, it is highly recommended that you see a doctor at the hospital or any of the CHC sites.

As a reminder, the NCD Clinic at the main hospital is held every Monday with diabetic or suspected diabetic patients seen in the morning and hypertensive or suspected hypertensive patients seen in the afternoon. Screening begins at 8:30am to 10:00am and again from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

For more information, please call Public Health at 350-2114.

Source: Yap State News Brief (2012/11/14)

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