World Diabetes Day 2017: Women and diabetes: Right to a healthy future
Professor Mohd Asharf Ganie | Prof. Shariq Rashid Masoodi | Dr. Imtiyaz Ah. Wani
Diabetes is a complex, chronic, metabolic disorder involving inappropriate or abnormally high blood glucose levels, affecting all individuals and encompasses almost all organs of the body presenting with a spectrum of complications including death. Diabetes being the 9th leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths each year. There are currently over 199 million women living with diabetes and this total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040.
Women in a society at present encounter with Stigmatisation and discrimination carry a double burden of discrimination and inequality because of their health status that discourage girls and women from seeking diagnosis and treatment, preventing them from achieving positive health outcomes.
People with diabetes are just like everyone else. They can play, eat of their desire and do other activities; they just have to plan a little. They need to check their blood sugar regularly and those who are on insulin need to inject everyday otherwise they are the same.
November-14 is a noteworthy date globally as it marks the birthday of the gentleman who co-discovered insulin, F. Banting in 1922 and alongside Charles Best. World Diabetes Day was introduced in 1991 by International Diabetes Federation [IDF] and the World Health Organization [WHO] in reaction to emergent concerns regarding the escalating health threat posed by diabetes.
What is the aim?
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