World Diabetes Day - ‘Keep an eye on our actions putting us at risk of diabetes’ | 14 November 2016
“Careful management of diabetes and screening for complications is an important part of effective management of the disease, to ensure optimal health,” says health and social affairs minister Jean-Paul Adam in his message on World Diabetes Day today.
The full text of Minister Adam’s message reads:
“World Diabetes Day (WDD), commemorated on November 14 each year, is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign. Led by the International Diabetes Federation, WDD unites the global diabetes community to produce a powerful voice for diabetes awareness and advocacy.
“The chosen theme for WDD 2016 is ‘Eyes on Diabetes’. Worldwide, the prevalence of diabetes has doubled since 1980. WHO estimates that 422 million adults had diabetes in 2014 and this number is expected to increase to around 642 million by 2040. WHO’s own global action plan on NCDs seeks to stop the rise in diabetes and obesity by 2025.
“One in two adults with diabetes is undiagnosed. And as a result, many people live with type 2 diabetes for a long period of time without being aware of their condition. By the time of diagnosis, diabetes complications may already be present
Up to 70% of type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented or delayed by adopting healthier lifestyles.
In Seychelles Studies have shown that Diabetes and pre-diabetes have increased over time, consistent with the increasing prevalence of obesity. Between 1989 and 2013, the prevalence of overweight and obesity has doubled in men (from 28% to 57%) and also has markedly increased in women (from 51% to 72%).
There are approximately 11% or 6000 persons living with diabetes in the population aged 25-64, 32 % of men and 17% women were identified as being pre diabetes.
“The lives of people living with diabetes can be improved by expanding access to essential medicines, including insulin, and making technologies, such as those needed to measure blood glucose levels, more readily available. In Seychelles all of the above is provided by the government free of charge but this is not all. To reduce the diabetes burden we need to work together. There is the need for action, not only from people living with diabetes, but also from different sectors of government, health care providers, civil society, and the manufacturers of medicines and medical technologies. We also need to engage the system that produces and markets our food. Policies need to be in place that promote healthy eating and physical activity throughout the life course. Policies that promote breast-feeding and protect children from the marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages are especially important.
“This year’s theme is sending us two important messages: The first one being that each one of us has to keep an eye on our attitude and actions putting us at risk of diabetes and to take adequate measures to reduce our risk. Secondly, for those with diabetes, keeping an eye on diabetes reminds us that diabetes is a leading cause of blindness. Early detection and timely treatment of diabetes can prevent vision loss and other complications.
“The management of diabetes and its complications begins with you and should include, eating healthily, being physically active, preventing excessive weight gain and checking blood glucose periodically. Additionally For those who have already been diagnosed with diabetes, make good use of facilities and services offered by our ministry, keep your appointments and take medications as prescribed, talk to your health care providers, understand the disease, ask questions, bargain for what is good for you. Careful management of diabetes and screening for complications is an important part of effective management of the disease, to ensure optimal health.
“Take a decision today, a blood test will help you to know whether you have diabetes or you are developing diabetes. Whatever the outcome take the right steps and prevent it from transforming into irreversible diabetes.”