TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - In a collaborative effort between the municipality, the health ministry, and NGOs the ‘fight diabetes scheme’ comprising of screening and training programs for the citizens will be operating from November 14 to 16, Samaneh Zamani, an official with Tehran Municipality said.
World Diabetes Day is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight.
World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006.
The theme of World Diabetes Day 2017 is ‘Women and diabetes - our right to a healthy future.’
According to a statement released by the International Diabetes Federation the campaign will promote the importance of affordable and equitable access for all women at risk for or living with diabetes to the essential diabetes medicines and technologies, self-management education and information they require to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes and strengthen their capacity to prevent type 2 diabetes.
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 diabetes are almost 10 times more likely to have coronary heart disease than women without the condition. Women with type 1 diabetes have an increased risk of early miscarriage or having a baby with malformations. 1 in 7 births is affected by gestational diabetes.
Health systems must pay adequate attention to the specific needs and priorities of women. All women with diabetes should have access to the essential diabetes medicines and technologies, self-management education and information they need to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes.
Up to 70% of cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented through the adoption of a healthy lifestyle.