World Diabetes Day, 14 November 2015
The South-East Asia Region is home to an estimated 91 million people affected by diabetes with approximately half of those with diabetes not yet diagnosed. It makes people prone to heart disease, kidney failure and infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDS, among others, leading to premature deaths. The good news is that diabetes is largely preventable with lifestyle changes like adopting a healthy diet, moderate physical activity and keeping weight under control.
The Regional Framework for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases recognizes “Halting the rise in obesity and diabetes prevalence” as an important target that will contribute in 25% relative reduction in premature mortality in the South-East Asia Region.
To highlight the importance of ‘prevention’ in diabetes, the World Diabetes Day has “Healthy Living and Diabetes” as the theme for the period 2014 to 2016.