June 20, 2017 3 min read 0 Comments

Diabetes Mellitus is one of the chronic, lifelong conditions that have greatly affected billions of people around the globe. Whether it is a young child or an adult, the disease can occur to anyone once the body has lost its ability to properly produce insulin which is needed to control the blood sugar levels.

It is not just a disease that can be cured with one medicine or one method. Diabetes is a group of metabolic disorders that can lead to life-threatening and life-altering problems if it is not properly treated and given serious medical attention. It has three main types which are:

  • Type 1 Diabetes – occurs when the body have failed to produce enough insulin that is needed to control levels of blood glucose in the body.
  • Type 2 Diabetes – occurs when the body becomes resistant to the usual effects of insulin in the body or when the body has gradually lost its capability to produce insulin in the pancreas.
  • Gestational Diabetes –occurs during pregnancy, where the mother’s body becomes resistant to insulin because of the hormones produced by the placenta.

Although Diabetes can be managed through strict medical attention and improving your lifestyle through proper diet and exercise, one thing that should not be ignored is its potential complications. Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes has the same complications that include stroke, heart attack, kidney disease, limb amputation, blindness, depression, and anxiety. That is why early diagnosis, optimal treatment and continuous support and management is advised to reduce the risk of contracting diabetes-related complications.

Aside from this, another lifesaver that could spare everyone from this life-threatening and life-altering condition from getting more complicated is by educating not only yourself but everyone about Diabetes and increase the awareness for it.

Every 14th of November, people with diabetes, health care experts, and patient organization across the world gather and take part on the World Diabetes Day to raise awareness of Diabetes and its impact to billions of people. With this year’s theme, ‘Women and Diabetes – Our Right to a Healthy Future’, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member organizations have prepared and arranged events at international, national and local levels to further increase the awareness about Diabetes with women as this year’s focal point.

According to International Diabetes Federation (IDF), over 199 million women are suffering from diabetes and the figures are projected to escalate to 313 million by 2040. In fact, 2 out of 5 women diagnosed with diabetes are of reproductive age, which accounts to 60 million women around the world and this is no joke.

Thus, IDF is on a mission to echo the awareness and promote a sustainable and equitable access for all women with diabetes and/or at risk of having diabetes to essential yet affordable diabetes medicines and technologies. The organization also aims to make the public be fully informed about self-management education and information in order to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes and strengthen their capacity to prevent Type 2 diabetes from occurring.

In your own little ways, you can help World Diabetes Day stakeholders and the community to promote Diabetes Awareness by wearing medical alert jewelry as your way of support, whether you are a diabetic or someone in your family and friends has it. This provides the first responders the critical health information that would greatly help people with diabetes in emergency situations.

By wearing medical alert jewelry such as necklace, rings or bracelets with your condition engraved to it, this simple information helps decrease errors in medication and medical treatment. As a result, emergency health care professionals will be able to diagnose the patient’s health condition quickly and apply the necessary emergency treatment that the patient needs. With this kind of jewelry that comes with great designs, another life is saved.

Show your love and support to people with Diabetes by getting your own medical alert jewelry or gift someone you know that really needs it.

Begin to save a life today. It’s never too late.