Nearly one in two 46 per cent) of the 415 million adults living with diabetes are unaware of their condition. Most of these cases are type 2 diabetes. On November 14, World Diabetes Day, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is planning to highlight the need to screen, diagnose and provide appropriate treatment to people with diabetes.
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The earlier a person is diagnosed, the earlier interventions can be initiated that provide durable effects on the harmful and costly complications of diabetes. “Eyes on Diabetes” is the theme of World Diabetes Day. It is a call for action to screen people at the risk of type 2 diabetes and screen people living with diabetes for complications.
Accessible tools exist to help identify people with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes and those at risk of developing it in the future. As there are known risk factors for type 2 diabetes such as overweight, family history and sedentary lifestyle, a number of risk assessment scores have been developed in order to help identify those at high risk. Early lifestyle intervention can protect their future health and reduce health costs required to treat complications. That is why IDF is encouraging the global community to screen for type 2 diabetes this World Diabetes Day.
“If we are to win the battle against diabetes, we have to empower health professionals so that they are best equipped to address all aspects of diabetes,” said Dr Shaukat Sadikot, president of IDF. “Certain components of the School will be open access and deal with basic education and information for people with diabetes as well as their healthcare providers, while the certified courses are aimed at physicians, both specialists and primary care physicians, and diabetes educators,” he added.
This November, the global diabetes community is uniting under the Eyes on Diabetes theme with awareness activities scheduled in over 100 countries. IDF intends to achieve one million individual screenings for type 2 diabetes and its complications recorded on the World Diabetes Day website by the end of November.