World Diabetes Day
Putting patients and their families front and centre
Published 13 November 2019
On November 14, 2019, World Diabetes Day is celebrated around the globe. The day was initiated in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), in response to the growing concerns about the continuously increasing health risks diabetes poses.
“Diabetes and Family” is the motto of this year‘s IDF campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and call on people to take action to prevent diabetes and its secondary complications if left untreated.
Research conducted by IDF in 2018 discovered that parents would struggle to spot this serious life-long condition in their own children. Despite the majority of people surveyed having a family member with diabetes, an alarming four-in-five parents would have trouble recognising the warning signs. One-in-three wouldn’t spot them at all. Hence the IDF urges families to learn more about the warning signs of diabetes and find out their risk of type 2 diabetes.
Left untreated or unmanaged, diabetes can lead to life-changing complications. Managing diabetes requires daily treatment, regular monitoring, a healthy lifestyle and ongoing education.
If diabetes is detected at an early stage and if people with diabetes take control and actively manage their condition - through regular and structured monitoring of blood glucose, especially before and after meals, a balanced diet and exercise on a regular basis - they can help prevent diabetes-related secondary complications. Family support in diabetes management is key! When a family eats healthy meals and exercises together, all family members benefit and encourage behaviours that could help achieve more time in blood glucose target range and even prevent type 2 diabetes in the family.
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Our commitment to bring true relief for people living with diabetes and their families
Integrated, personalised Diabetes Management (iPDM) can simplify and improve the effectiveness of diabetes management. This holistic therapy management approach seamlessly combines innovative blood glucose monitoring devices, insulin delivery, digital health solutions and services, allowing people with diabetes to think less about their diabetes.
As a pioneer in integrated, personalised Diabetes Management and engaged in the sustainable development of diabetes care, Roche Diabetes Care supports the IDF and has initiated awareness campaigns for its employees and activities with the clear message: Caring for diabetes involves the whole family.
On the occasion of World Diabetes Day, we host various events to make this message tangible and experienceable. Blood glucose screening activities on campus take place in Mannheim. People with diabetes and employees come together in Singapore. US employees wear blue in honor of World Diabetes Day. And in India a healthy recipe competition motivates employees to create consciousness on how diabetes affects daily life.
Diabetes in numbers
According to current estimates of the International Diabetes Federation, about 425 million people are affected by diabetes worldwide in 2017. By 2045 over 629 million people are expected to have diabetes and already today, every 7 seconds a person dies from diabetes and its complications like heart attack, stroke and kidney failure.1
- IDF Diabetes Atlas 8th ed., International Diabetes Federation, 2017