13 June 2018

Diabetes Awareness Week 2018


We’ve all heard of diabetes, the lifelong condition where blood glucose levels in the body are too high – but how much do we really know?  In line with Diabetes Week this week (11th June to Sunday 17th June), an annual event that raises awareness about the disease; we have been learning some intriguing facts about the history of diabetes and the impact it has on the human body…

Did you know?

  • About one third of all people with diabetes do not know they have the disease.
  • The earliest known written record that likely referred to diabetes was in 1500 B.C in the Egyptian Ebers papyrus. It referred to the symptoms of frequent urination.
  • Before the discovery of insulin in 1921, physicians would often put their patients on starvation or semi-starvation diets, recommending they eat only foods such as oatmeal.
  • The Greek physician Aretaeus (30-90CE) was credited with coming up with the name "diabetes." He recorded a disease with symptoms such as constant thirst (polydipsia), excessive urination (polyuria) and weight loss. He named the condition "diabetes," meaning "a flowing through."
  • People with a certain type of dwarfism are genetically protected against getting diabetes.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults.
  • People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease as someone without diabetes.
  • Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes aren't mutually exclusive. You can actually have both.

According to Diabetes UK, more people than ever have diabetes and the number of people at risk of Type 2 diabetes is set to rise. If nothing changes, more than five million people will have diabetes in the UK by 2025. Diabetes Week is therefore, provides the perfect opportunity to learn a bit more about the prevention of the disease.


So, how can Type 2 diabetes be prevented?

Three in five cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by eating well, cutting down on sugar, doing physical exercise, drinking water and maintaining a healthy weight. Smoking also affects your chances, those who smoke twenty cigarettes or more daily, having double the chance of developing the disease.

You can get involved with diabetes awareness week, by joining the conversation on social media. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #diabetesweek #talkaboutdiabetes


Source: The Global Diabetes Company