World Diabetes Day 2017: Women and Diabetes – Our Right to a Healthy Future.


Over the past decade, diabetes has become one of the most widespread diseases in the world and it is increasing at an alarming rate. To show solidarity against this life-threatening disease, the International Diabetes Federation is organizing the International Diabetes Day 2017 on 14th of November.

About World Diabetes Day 2017

This year, the theme is, ‘Women and Diabetes’ and the slogan runs, ‘Our right to a healthy future.’ The campaign will take different forms across the world as doctors, patients and the common mass step up to spread awareness about diabetes.

What Will the World Diabetes Day 2017 Include?

This year’s campaign will highlight and promote the need for affordable access to important medicines and advanced technologies for diabetes treatment. All women who are at risk to inherit the disease or are battling it every day are entitled to them. It is also essential that women and the population, in general, are given the education and information that would help them be the victors against this disease or prevent type 2 diabetes.
The IDF has released several campaign materials and organised numerous events to commemorate the day, and you can be a part of this event too! People from across different walks of life will come together in an effort to uplift diabetic patients and spread basic awareness about the prevention of the disease.
Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body cannot handle the blood-sugar levels, which lead to severe damage of the blood vessels, vital organs and can even cause death.

Types of diabetes:

There are two types of diabetes – Type I diabetes is when your immune system kills the pancreatic beta cells accidentally and this causes the blood sugar levels to rise.
In the Type II diabetes, your body is incapable of producing enough insulin or mismanages it, thereby causing the blood-sugar levels to fluctuate.

Symptoms of diabetes:

Some of the symptoms that you must watch out for are:

  1. Urinating very frequently, especially at night.
  2. Feeling extremely thirsty and hungry all the time.
  3. Your vision gets blurry
  4. Wounds and injuries take a longer time to heal.
  5. You easily get infected.
  6. There is numbness in your hands and feet along with a tingling sensation.
  7. Feeling tired all the time and lack of concentration.

Detecting Diabetes

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Generally, Type I diabetes can develop suddenly and escalate rather quickly in the patients. However, when it comes to Type II diabetes, it is a gradual process and becomes difficult to detect. It is a frequent sight to see people getting diagnosed with this type of diabetes only after it has crossed the safer levels, so you need to watch out for the above mentioned symptoms and a visit a doctor even if you have the slightest bit of suspicion.

What Studies Say:

According to the statistics put forward by the International Diabetes Federation, there are more than 199 million women who are suffering from diabetes even in today’s day and age. By 2040, this figure is predicted to rise to 313 million. In fact, studies show that the ninth leading cause of death in women is in face diabetes which is not only frightening but also an eye-opener. Diabetes can also lead to more serious diseases including coronary heart disease which does not bode well for patients.

Steps to Take:

Health organisations across the world have to take measures that will allow them to pay attention to women-specific needs and priorities. Men and women have different biological set-ups which means that they need to be treated differently when it comes to diabetes. No woman can utilise her treatment in an optimum manner unless she is granted access to all possible remedies.
Women with diabetes should avail pre-conception planning services as pregnancy can often be risky in these situations. Clinics and hospitals need to arrange better screening, care and facilities for pregnant women so that both mother and child are safe and healthy.
Special Type 2 diabetes prevention strategies must be enforced during the pregnancy for the safety of the child. These should focus on maternal health and nutrition which will ultimately result in a healthy birthing process. All maternity services at primary health-care centres should include screening for diabetes and GDM. It is always better to have an early detection.
To prevent diabetes, one should adopt a healthy lifestyle and stick to it no matter what. Women’s health is crucial in determining the health trends of future generations, and it is high time we start paying special attention to improving the treatment facilities.