World Diabetes Day is the largest global diabetes awareness campaign held in November every year and reaches over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries around the world. It was created in 1991 by International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to address the increasing health threats posed by diabetes.
World Diabetes Day 2015 will focus on Healthy Living according to the set theme: ‘Healthy Eating and Diabetes’. It aims to educate people living with diabetes as well as those without it, about prevention, identifying the warning signs, the risks associated with the disease, and how to effectively manage it and lead a normal, healthy life.
The Key Messages on Healthy Living
World Diabetes Day 2015 will focus on healthy eating as an important part of managing all types of diabetes and how you can start acting now to change your life for the better.
Act to change your life today
Millions of people today are living with type 2 diabetes but unfortunately, aren’t aware of it. This means that with delayed diagnosis, about 600 million people will be living with the disease come 2035.
This campaign is dedicated to creating awareness on the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating.
Numerous studies have found that leading a healthy lifestyle can prevent up to 70% of all cases of type 2 diabetes and also help reduce its complications. This can be achieved by strictly following a healthy diet containing dark green leafy vegetables, a wide variety of fresh fruits, whole grains, lean meats, nuts, and unsweetened yogurt. Exercise is also crucial in reducing the risk of the disease and the NHS now provide free health and fitness guides which you can find here.
The message World Diabetes Day aims to send out is also to start healthy eating early to ensure reduced risk in young children and to make for a healthier future generation.
As for type 1 diabetes, leading a healthy lifestyle is also an integral part in effective management since the disease is not preventable.
Act to change the world tomorrow
The campaign is also directed at the stakeholders of the global diabetes community. The main aim is to actively engage those involved in helping members of the community by improving access to healthy food, saving human lives, reducing the global burden of diabetes, and saving billions in health-care costs and lost productivity.
Getting Involved: Raising Awareness and Funds
We are all affected by diabetes in one way or another. You may not be suffering from the disease but a relative or close friend could be.
Since WDD aims to educate people about the disease, here are ways in which you can join the campaign and raise awareness in your community.
– Promote the campaign on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and use relevant hashtags to get your posts seen!
– Promote the Blue Circles and wear blue for World Diabetes Day
– Raising Funds with events at work or with friends
Apart from raising awareness, you can also support the campaign through fund-raising. Every penny could help to save a life.
Christmas and Diabetes: Healthy Eating during the fun-filled Festive Season
Focusing on healthy eating during the festive season can prove to be difficult if you have diabetes. With lots of events and festivities going on, it can be hard to resist cravings but you can still enjoy Christmas without having to miss out on all the fun.
To ensure that the festive season doesn’t ruin your efforts at controlling your diabetes, adapt healthy recipes that are balanced, have less fats and sugars, and include plenty of fruits and fresh vegetables.
If you are planning to host a party, keep healthy snacks such as dried fruits or vegetable crudités in sight so that you are not tempted to indulge in trigger foods, even if other people are eating them in front of you.
If you do want to drink alcohol, alternate between soft drinks and alcoholic drinks to limit the amount of alcohol you consume.
In addition, keep your body well hydrated by drinking lots of water throughout the day, avoid fruit juices as they tend to be high in sugar and don’t drink alcohol on an empty stomach as this can lower your glucose to dangerous levels.
You don’t have to allow diabetes to limit your enjoyment during Christmas. Taking control with these measures will ensure that you can still have a blast!
Do you have any tips and tricks for staying on track with healthy eating over Christmas? We’d love to hear them! Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @AllClearTravel