World Diabetes Day falls on Wednesday 14th November. The purpose of this one day is to raise awareness of a condition that millions of people all around the world live with every day. Diabetes is one of the most stressful — and serious — chronic diseases a person can face. Diabetes is about the body’s ability (or lack of it) to produce the required amount of a hormone called insulin to control glucose levels in the blood. There are broadly two types of diabetes: Type 1 requires daily administration of artificial insulin by means of injection or insulin pump. Type 2 is more generally managed by a combination of dietary control and medication in the form of tablets.
The theme of World Diabetes Day 2020 is The Nurse and Diabetes. The campaign aims to raise awareness around the crucial role that nurses play in supporting people living with diabetes.
As the number of people with diabetes continues to rise across the world, the role of nurses and other health professional support staff is becoming increasingly important in managing the impact of the condition. Nurses are often the first and sometimes only health professionals that a person interacts with and so the quality of their initial assessment, care, and treatment is vital.
Nurses play a key role in:
- Diagnosing diabetes early to ensure prompt treatment.
- Providing self-management training and psychological support for people with diabetes to help prevent complications.
- Tackling the risk factors for type 2 diabetes to help prevent the condition
Ways to Prevent/Control Diabetes
- Cut Sugar and Refined Carbs From Your Diet
- Work out Regularly
- Drink Water as Your Primary Beverage
- Lose Weight If You Are Overweight or obese
- Quit Smoking
- Watch Portion Sizes
- Avoid Sedentary Behaviors
- Consider Taking Natural Herbs such as