Educate, advocate and cure
November is Diabetes Awareness Month! World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated globally on November 14 to raise awareness about both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Join us in celebrating this incredible community all month long — and especially on WDD.
What do you know about diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to make insulin, or when the body cannot make good use of the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas, that acts like a key to let glucose from the food we eat pass from the blood stream into the cells in the body to produce energy. All carbohydrate foods are broken down into glucose in the blood. Insulin helps glucose get into the cells.
Not being able to produce insulin or use it effectively leads to raised glucose levels in the blood (known as hyperglycaemia). Over the long-term high glucose levels are associated with damage to the body and failure of various organs and tissues.
Despite the common misconception, diabetes isn’t always caused by a poor diet or lifestyle. Type 1 diabetes in an incurable auto-immune disease. Basically the body sets up an attack against the cells within it that make insulin.
There are many other types of diabetes too. For more information click here.
Know the warning signs
Diabetes symptoms may occur over time or they may appear quickly. The various types of diabetes may have similar or different warning signs. Some general warning signs of diabetes are:
- extreme thirst
- dry mouth
- frequent urination
- irritable behavior
- blurred vision
- wounds that don’t heal quickly
- skin that itches or is dry
- yeast infections