Kathmandu, 14 November : World Diabetes Day is being observed across the globe today with aims to raise awareness about the impact of diabetes on the family.
The theme of World Diabetes Day this year is “The Family and Diabetes” which is aimed at creating awareness about the impact of the disease and how to provide a support network to those who are affected by diabetes.
Over 425 million people are currently living with diabetes. Most of these cases are type 2 diabetes, which is largely preventable through regular physical activity, a healthy and balanced diet, and the promotion of healthy living environments. Families have a key role to play in addressing the modifiable risk factors for type 2 diabetes and must be provided with the education, resources and environments to live a healthy lifestyle.
1 in 2 people currently living with diabetes is undiagnosed. Most cases are type 2 diabetes. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to prevent the complications of diabetes and achieve healthy outcomes. All families are potentially affected by diabetes and so awareness of the signs, symptoms and risk factors for all types of diabetes are vital to help detect it early.
Although there is no accurate diabetes data in Nepal, approximately 20 percent of the total population are living with diabetes.
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