Friday, November 14, 2008

World Diabetes Day

Today is World Diabetes Day (WWD), the primary global awareness campaign of the diabetes world. It was introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to the alarming rise in diabetes around the world.

Whatever are you doing on World Diabetes Day, take just  a moment to consider the facts behind the campaign:
• Every 10 seconds a person does from diabetes-related causes.
• Every 10 seconds two people develop diabetes.
• Over 250 million people live with diabetes worldwide.
• Over 500,000 children under age 15 worldwide live with type 1 diabetes.
• Type 1 diabetes is increasing fastest in pre-school children, at a rate of 5% each year.
• Type 2 diabetes had been reported in children as young as eight.
• Type 2 diabetes affects children in both developed and developing countries.
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Irene said...

Those are some scary statistics. As a daughter and sister of diabetics, thanks for the post. There needs to be greater awareness made of this disease and how Type 2 is effecting the very young.

Cindy F. said...

Great post Milly. Thanks for sharing!