Diabetes: protect your family

The theme for diabetes awareness month and World Diabetes Day 2018 and 2019 is Family and Diabetes.

A two-year timeframe has been chosen to best facilitate planning, development, promotion and participation. Materials and actions that IDF will develop over the two years of the campaign will aim to:

  • Raise awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and support network of those affected.
  • Promote the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of diabetes.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is urging families to learn more about the warning signs of diabetes. Research conducted by IDF in 2018 discovered that parents would struggle to spot this serious life-long disease in their own children. Despite the majority of people surveyed having a family member with diabetes, an alarming four-in-five parents would have trouble recognising the warning signs. One-in-three wouldn’t spot them at all.

The findings underline the need for education and awareness to help people spot the diabetes warning signs early.

A lack of knowledge about diabetes means that spotting the warning signs is not just a problem for parents, but is an issue impacting a cross-section of society. This is a major concern, due to the signs being milder in type 2 diabetes, the most prevalent form of the condition, responsible for around 90% of all diabetes cases.

Left untreated or unmanaged, diabetes can lead to life-changing complications. These include blindness, amputation, kidney failure, heart attack and stroke. Diabetes was responsible for four million deaths in 2017.

IDF is urging people to test their diabetes knowledge and learn more. An awareness assessment available online at http://discoverdiabetes.idf.org/

View WDD 2018-19 campaign resources and find out how you can help spread the word about diabetes in November.

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