The theme of this year’s World Diabetes Day 2016 is Eyes on Diabetes to ensure early diagnosis of diabetes and its complications.
The event focus is on promoting the importance of eye screening to ensure early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications.
World Diabetes Day is celebrated each year on 14th November. Led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes.
It is estimated that more than 415 million adults worldwide have diabetes, and this number is expected to increase to around 642 million - or one in 10 adults - by 2040.
It is estimated that half of people with diabetes are undiagnosed
One in two adults with diabetes is undiagnosed. Many people live with type 2 diabetes for a long period of time without being aware of their condition. By the time of diagnosis, diabetes complications may already be present. Up to 70% of type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented or delayed by adopting healthier lifestyles, which is the equivalent of up to 160 million new cases by 2040.
Take a blue circle selfie of yourself to raise awareness of the global symbol for diabetes on World Diabetes Day with the WDD selfie app. Find out more about the app and how to download it here
If you take a selfie don’t forget to share your pictures on social media @DRWFDiabetes, including the hashtags #test2prevent #eyesondiabetes #WDD
Find out more about World Diabetes Day here
DRWF will be marking World Diabetes Day at the Diabetes Wellness Day North East in Hartlepool on 12th November. Find out more here
Read the DRWF leaflet How can diabetes affect my eyes?