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World Diabetes Day 2017


November 14th is a significant date in the diabetes calendar because it marks the birthday of the man who co-discovered insulin, Frederick Banting.

Banting discovered insulin in 1922, alongside Charles Best.


The theme of this years campaign is Women and diabetes – our right to a healthy future



  • There are currently over 199 million women living with diabetes. This total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040.
  • Two out of every five women with diabetes are of reproductive age, accounting for over 60 million women worldwide.
  • Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths per year.
  • Women with type 2 DM are almost 10 times more likely to have coronary heart disease than women without the condition.
  • Women with type 1 DM have an increased risk of early miscarriage or having a baby with malformations.

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  • Approximately half of women with a history of Gestational DM go on to develop type 2 DM within five to ten years after delivery.
  • Half of all cases of hyperglycaemia in pregnancy occur in women under the age of 30.
  • Up to 70% of cases of type 2 DM could be prevented through the adoption of a healthy lifestyle.
  • 70% of premature deaths among adults are largely due to behavior initiated during adolescence.
  • Women are the gatekeepers of household nutrition and lifestyle habits and therefore have the potential to drive prevention from the household and beyond.

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Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke and lower limb amputation. Healthy diet, physical activity and avoiding tobacco use can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. In addition, DM can be treated and its consequences avoided or delayed with medication, regular screening and treatment for complications.

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Click HERE to get the 2017 campaign toolkit.

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With Love,




DM – Diabetes Mellitus


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