World Diabetes Day Nov. 14th

Elisabeth Paradise, Arts and Entertainment Editor; Art Director

Today on the 14th of November is World Diabetes Day.  The purpose of World Diabetes Day is to spread awareness about the disease and its effects on one’s health.  

 

Each year the International Diabetes Federation sets a new theme for the holiday.  This year, that theme is Family and Diabetes. According to worlddiabetesday.org, four out of five parents had trouble recognizing the symptoms of diabetes, the majority of these parents surveyed had family members with diabetes.  Approximately one in two people with diabetes are undiagnosed, 90% of those have type 2 diabetes. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to life-changing complications including amputation, kidney failure, and strokes.  There were four million deaths caused by diabetes in 2017 alone. 

Throughout the world, the IDF is hosting and supporting events such as health seminars, health workshops, and even bike races.  Although none of these events are being held in Utah, you can participate by taking the IDF’s online quiz and assessment at worlddiabetesday.org to see if you are at risk of having type 2 diabetes and see if you know the warning signs.  Be safe and stay healthy Grizzlies.