World Diabetes Day is observed on November 14, to raise awareness about this chronic condition and it marks the birthday of Sir Fredrick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922. This year theme is Family and Diabetes.

World Diabetes Day was first endorsed in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to address the health impact posed by diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a preventable and manageable non-communicable disorder and the last two decades witnessed a rapid rise in the number of diabetic cases across the world.

Statistics reveal that about 1 in 2 people with type 2 diabetes don’t know that they have it and 1 in 11 people are living with diabetes. The IDF has advised the families to understand and learn about the warning symptoms of diabetes and identify their risk of type 2 diabetes.

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In India with more than 62 million people are currently diagnosed with diabetes and report reveals that by 2030 the number would peak up to 366 million. The report emphasis on the importance of educating and creating awareness among people to identify the warning signs of diabetes at an early stage.

Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder which results in high blood sugar levels when the body does not make sufficient insulin or does not utilize insulin effectively. If diabetes is left untreated it can lead to severe complications including blindness, amputation, kidney failure, heart attack and stroke. Also Read: Importance of Self-Monitoring Blood Sugar

Diabetes can be effectively managed with proper lifestyle modifications and medications, however, there are a few natural remedies which work well in controlling diabetes and lower the risk of complications. Check out the infographic for more details.

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