World Diabetes Day (WDD) is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign with events organised in more than 100 countries.
Led by the International Diabetes Federation, WDD unites the global diabetes community to produce a powerful voice for diabetes awareness and advocacy. WDD is a year-long campaign to reflect the realities of dealing with a chronic condition. The theme this year is Eyes On Diabetes, to help raise awareness about one of the serious complications of diabetes: visual impairment or blindness.
In Canada 1 in 3 adults has undiagnosed diabetes.
What are the risk factors for type 2 diabetes?
Anyone over the age of 40 should be tested for diabetes every three years. Anyone who has one or more risk factors should be tested more frequently.
These type 2 diabetes risk factors include:
Having a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes;
Being a member of a high-risk group (Aboriginal, Hispanic, South Asian, Asian, or African descent);
Having given birth to a baby that weighed more than four kilograms (nine pounds) at birth or having had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy);
Having been diagnosed with prediabetes;
Having other risk factors for blood vessel disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol);
Being overweight, especially if that weight is mostly carried around the tummy.
See the complete list of risk factors for diabetes at diabetes.ca.
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Screening is crucial in prevention, so Diabetes Canada has developed a two minutes test (http://www.diabetestest.ca/) you can do at home to find out your risk of having diabetes.
Knowledge is power, and with power you can help yourself have a better life and healthier future.