World Diabetes Day 2016: Eyes on Diabetes

Diabetes is an illness affecting more than 193 million people worldwide. Most of the food that we eat is converted into glucose or sugar. According to the World Health Organisation: "Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces." Insulin is a hormone that regulates the sugar in your blood, which gives you energy.

In response to the fact that more people are getting diabetes worldwide, the 14th of November was chosen as a day to raise awareness about how to avoid getting diabetes and how to treat it if you have it.

The theme for this year's World Diabetes Day is Eyes on Diabetes. This is because 1 in 3 people who are diabetic will suffer from damage to their eyes, and could become blind.

This year, the International Diabetes Federation would like you to test for diabetes by talking to your doctor or nurse and ask to be tested.

Why should you test for diabetes? Well, many people with diabetes don't know that they have the disease until they get tested. This means they are at risk of having complications, which happens when diabetes goes untreated. These complications include heart disease, blindness, kidney disease and conditions that could lead to amputation (cutting) of the lower limbs. Don't risk it - get tested for diabetes as soon as possible!

For more information, check out articles on diabetes here.

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