World Diabetes Day
A healthy future begins today
Even though the disease is highly preventable and treatable, more people find themselves living with diabetes every year. World Diabetes Day is about changing the trajectory of the disease. It’s about promoting education, screening and treatment options — because the more we know how to prevent the diabetes, the more likely we’ll be to lower the impact of the disease.
Diabetes — one disease that can lead to many more
People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing a number of serious health problems. The longer diabetes goes undiagnosed and uncontrolled, the larger the risk that serious complications can occur. Globally, diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, amputations, heart failure and stroke.2
These long-term complications develop gradually and most often without any symptoms. People can go years without suspecting anything’s wrong.3 In fact, one in two adults who have diabetes are undiagnosed.4
The good news is, type 2 diabetes can be largely prevented through lifestyle changes like diet, exercise, and weight management.5
Screening for complications is an important part of diabetes management.
When patients can have their tests performed and results given during one visit, they can begin any necessary treatment faster.
By combining immediate treatment with the necessary lifestyle changes — such as maintaining blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels — many people with diabetes are able to delay the onset of complications — or prevent them altogether.6