Diabetes is a problem that’s growing. According to Diabetes UK, the number of people living with the condition has doubled in the past twenty years.
November 14th is World Diabetes Day, organised by the International Diabetes Foundation. The day aims to raise awareness of the impact diabetes has on the family and support network of those affected. The focus is also on promoting the role of families in the management, care, prevention and education of diabetes.
At LimbO, many of our customers’ lives are affected by diabetes, so it is primary concern of ours. One of the complications caused by diabetes is reduced sensation in your feet and lower limbs, making it difficult to notice if any wounds or cuts have appeared. This makes healing difficult. Learning about how to manage the condition can help make life easier and happier, and there are ways to still make the most of life without letting diabetes get in the way.
The theme for this year aims to raise awareness and improve the rates of parents and carers spotting this serious life-long condition. According to the IDF, an alarming four out of five parents would have trouble recognising the warning signs of diabetes and one in three wouldn’t spot them at all.
Early diagnosis and treatment are key to helping prevent or delay complications, which is why this focus on family is so important this year. By knowing the warning signs, the condition can be detected earlier. Managing diabetes can be made easier with the support of family too. Treatment, monitoring and an ongoing healthy lifestyle can all help when living with diabetes. Learning about how to manage the condition can help make life easier and happier, and there are ways to still make the most of life without letting diabetes get in the way.
To find out more about World Diabetes Day, visit the website.