November 14 is World Diabetes Day and the them for 2017 is Women and diabetes – our right to a healthy future.
According to the International Diabetes Federation website:
- There are currently over 199 million women living with diabetes. This total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040.
- Two out of every five women with diabetes are of reproductive age, accounting for over 60 million women worldwide.
- Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths per year.
- Women with type 2 diabetes are almost 10 times more likely to have coronary heart disease than women without the condition.
- Women with type 1 diabetes have an increased risk of early miscarriage or having a baby with malformations.
What needs to be done
- Health systems must pay adequate attention to the specific needs and priorities of women.
- All women with diabetes should have access to the essential diabetes medicines and technologies, self-management education and information they need to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes.
- All women with diabetes should have access to pre-conception planning services to reduce risk during pregnancy.
- All women and girls should have access to physical activity to improve their health outcomes.
If you are unfamiliar with diabetes, you may not know that it does more than wreck your endocrine system; it affects your circulatory system, your eyesight, your heart, and more.
In peace and health,