World Diabetes Day

Some of the tools diabetics use to control blood glucose are lancets, blood glucose monitor and test strips, alcohol swabs, insulin pens and needles for the pen.

MARILYN HALSTEAD, THE SOUTHERN

The International Diabetes Federation predicts that by the year 2040, more than 640 million people may be living with diabetes.

Currently, one in 11 adults have diabetes or more than 415 million adults world-wide, and someone dies from diabetes every six seconds.

Saturday is World Diabetes Day, created by in 1991 in IDF and the World Health Organization in response to the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. The date, Nov. 14, was the birthday of Frederick Banting, who along with Charles Best, discovered insulin in 1921.

The goal of the day is to promote the importance of taking actions to confront diabetes as a global health issue.

NovoNordisk.com lists six risk factors for diabetes: Being related to someone with diabetes, physical inactivity, obesity, smoking, an unhealthy diet and living in a city.  

The American Association of Diabetes Educators warns people to pay attention to five “sneaky” symptoms: Difficulty seeing or hearing, feeling tired and grouchy, feeling hungry all the time, going to the bathroom a lot but being thirsty, and having odd symptoms (dry, itchy skin; dark velvety patches of skin around the nec or other parts of the body; cuts and bruises that don't heal; and numbness or tingling in the hands or feet.)

Anyone who is experiencing any of these symptoms should have it checked by your physician.

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