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World Health Day 2016: Living with diabetes and educating others

WHO will celebrate its birthday on 7 April 2016 – World Health Day. He had to sleep on cold bare floors, with most of the elderly people around him dying due to the terrible conditions and starvation. Entrance is free and no registration is required. Today, diabetes is one of the leading causes of death globally, with the majority of deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. There are 2 main forms of the disease. She met others in her group, talked, and took classes entirely online as an avatar in a virtual world called Second Life. The theme of 2015 is “Diabetes and Healthy Eating”.

687/699 (98.2%) of the women with GDM were identified by the WHO criteria. The benefits and risks of drinking alcohol. He also had friends who were already living with the disease, and they played an instrumental role in assuring him that diabetes could be successfully managed with the proper treatment and by making certain changes to his lifestyle. His consultations with doctors and health workers further helped to ease his fears and allowed him to accept his “new normal” as a person living with diabetes. We want to see if a combination of four activities – mHealth, lifestyle coach-led behavior change, school mobilization, and workplace-led community activities – can increase adoption of healthy behaviors and improve the overall health of the South Asian community. Your diet should consist of cereals, fruits / vegetables, proteins and fats”, she added. But this was not the only major change he had to make.

Diabetes is a disease characterised by elevated blood glucose levels. The next day, he developed paralysis of the soft palate, in the roof of the mouth and credits his constant prayers as the reason he was still able to talk. While he was used to eating cakes, chocolates, white bread and virtually any food he liked, he now had to be much more careful. Today, he tries to eat more fruit and vegetables, foods rich in fibre and healthier protein sources, such as chicken and fish. After his diagnosis, he also began making physical activity a greater part of his routine. The participants found that when their avatars sat down to eat at the cafeteria location, their utensils moved very slowly, echoing the lesson. Ethemi also cooperates closely with his doctor to ensure that his insulin treatment proceeds smoothly.

However, as shown in the Venn diagram [], only 559 women of the total 839 women with GDM (66.6%) were identified by both the IADPSG and WHO criteria. He recalls that he and his family turned primarily to the Internet for information about the disease after the diagnosis. At that time, only a few years after the conflict in the Balkans, it was difficult to find comprehensive medical information in Kosovo, so Ethemi felt that he had no choice but to find other ways to educate himself about diabetes. Years later, knowing how important it is for newly diagnosed patients to receive good, reliable information and training on the disease, Ethemi worked with his doctor and a diabetes non-profit organization to establish the National Diabetes Association, to improve diabetes advocacy in Kosovo. The Association helped open an advice centre, where people living with diabetes can get information and training on its management. Ethemi and his colleagues at the Association also lead activities to mark annual World Diabetes Day on 14 November. For Ethemi, it is important to help other people living with diabetes who might not have enough information or might not know how best to manage the disease.

Preventing deaths and complications from diabetes requires access to affordable health-care services with equipment sufficient to diagnose and monitor diabetes; patient education to promote healthy diet, physical activity and self-care; essential medicines for diabetes management, including life-saving insulin; regular screening for complications and early treatment when they are found; and a referral system across various levels of health care. While people living with diabetes can successfully manage the disease by creating and adhering to a treatment plan in cooperation with medical professionals, it is important to remember that type 2 diabetes is a preventable disease. At least 20% of cases of type 2 diabetes are avoidable, and making lifestyle changes can help prevent or delay the onset of the disease. For World Health Day, WHO/Europe and the countries of the Region are spreading the message: Eat healthy – Be active – Follow medical advice – Beat diabetes.

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