World Diabetes Day observed

World Diabetes Day observed

Speaking at the World Diabetes Day commemorations in Harare on Tuesday under the theme "Women and Diabetes", ZDA president, John Mangwiro, said most women in Zimbabwe are affected by Type 2 diabetes which is caused by poor lifestyle choices. However, only 17.5% of women are aware of the disease and its complication, a new research has shown.

Chris Askew, Diabetes UK's chief executive, said: "Diabetes affects more than 4.5 million people in the UK, and is the fastest-growing health crisis of our time".

By controlling diabetes or successfully avoiding the development of the disease you're more apt to have increased energy; be less exhausted; be less thirsty; urinate less frequently; have improved healing; have less infections; and also decrease the risk of other health problems caused by diabetes, such as heart attacks and strokes, eye problems; nerve problems in your hands and feet; kidney problems and teeth and gum issues. "This is confirmed by the very high levels of diabetes among women in the Region".

The risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes are obesity (Body Mass Index (BMI) ≥30) which is the strongest modifiable risk factor for the disease in the Caribbean, abdominal obesity, physical inactivity, tobacco smoking, unhealthy diets and metabolic syndrome. Of this, nearly 180 million are women.

The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program is now registering for January 2018. She says maintaining a healthy weight and following a healthy eating plan is critical in preventing or minimising the risk of gestational diabetes. However, GDM is not to be taken as seriously as it should be. During pregnancy, high blood glucose substantially increases the health risk of mother and child. Trained study staff will deliver the intervention, and monitor the outcomes over the study period of approximately three years.

The research also found that 22% had used support or counselling from a trained professional to help them manage their diabetes, and 31% had at some point relied on self-help materials including books, videos and resources found online.

The George Institute for Global Health is works across a broad health landscape by conducting clinical, population and health system research aimed at changing health practice and policy worldwide.

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