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Why is Diabetes Awareness so important?
As I see it, there are 3 reasons – or 3 levels really:
- At the individual and personal level – an early diagnosis of diabetes and good control of blood glucose, weight management & blood pressure management can reduce the occurrence and severity of potentially life threatening complications later on in life.
- At the community level – in schools and workplaces and in the family environment – an understanding of diabetes and good support will help the person with diabetes to live comfortably and safely with the condition, whilst minimising the development of complications.
- At the population level – increased awareness and understanding of diabetes is the only way that we are going to be able to curb the effects of this potentially devastating epidemic. As numbers of people with all types of diabetes continue to increase, our health system is likely to crumble. The economic burden on the country is going to be huge. It really doesn’t bear thinking about!
Of course – as with everything in life – it’s no good just talking about it. We need some ACTION!!