A well known well quoted statistic is that 25.8 million Americans have diabetes according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Most health bloggers and journalists in America have used this statistic at least once. Diabetes however is not just an American disease by any means. World Diabetes Day (WDD) – held annually on 14 November – draws attention to seriousness of diabetes worldwide.
New figures indicate that the number of people worldwide with diabetes is expected to rise to 552 million by 2030, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). This equates to approximately three new cases every ten seconds or almost ten million per year. IDF also estimates that as many as 183 million people are unaware that they have diabetes.
In some of the poorest regions in the world such as Africa, diabetes cases are expected to increase by 90% by 2030. At least 78% of people in Africa are undiagnosed and do not know they are living with diabetes. The IDF also states that 80% of people with diabetes live in low and middle income countries.
“In every country and in every community worldwide, we are losing the battle against this cruel and deadly disease” said Jean Claude Mbanya, President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) “We want World Diabetes Day 2011 to bring these alarming diabetes facts into the global spotlight. We demand that public and world leaders act on diabetes now”.
On 14 November in conjunction with WDD, the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) will be sending out an action alert asking advocates to call their Members of Congress encouraging their support of the Special Diabetes Program (SDP). The SDP can be credited with groundbreaking discoveries and new treatments that are improving the quality of the lives of diabetics.
World Diabetes Day continues to raise the voice of people with diabetes and move from advocacy to action on a global scale. The date of 14 November was chosen because it marks the birthday of Frederick Banting, who is credited with the discovery of insulin, along with Charles Best.
This article is not intended to replace the medical advice of your physician. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, make an appointment with your physician.
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