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14 November 2016 09:30 am

World Diabetes Day: What you should know

Today is World Diabetes Day. Support someone you know who has diabetes by wearing something blue, or by trying to adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle! Read on for more information!
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Written by: Noor Odeh

World Diabetes Day is spreading its annual blue awareness spirit today, November 14, 2016. Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin and fails to regulate blood sugar. In other words, when the level of the hormone, insulin, is not at the same level as your blood sugar, a disease called Diabetes occurs in the body, which requires manually inserting insulin into the body to help maintain the levels of insulin and blood sugar as much as possible.  

There are many types of diabetes that many people around the world are diagnosed with. World Diabetes Day is a day to mark on your calendars to show and educate people about what diabetes is, and make them aware on to how to help someone who has it. World Diabetes Day also sheds light on how to prevent people from becoming diabetic. If you do not have shaky hands, and you are old enough, you can help a family member or friend inject the insulin in their bodies. You can also share a healthy lifestyle and do physical activities to help maintain your blood sugar, as well as make a person feel as if they’re not alone in their fight against diabetes. Running, swimming, cycling are all activities that you can do with someone who is diabetic, which can help them medically and help you as well in staying fit and as prevention.  

Show your support around your community by wearing blue clothes. It would be a great idea to learn more about the disease and teach it to people who aren’t aware. If there is an awareness event near you, go and check it out. Get as involved as you can to show your support to people with diabetes. 

Diabetes is described as a “chronic disease”, but you can change that term to “adapting to a new and healthier lifestyle” by proving that definition. What are you waiting for? Go jog on the corniche, swim in a pool or play football on a field, just get that body moving. 

How will you be supporting WDD today? Comment below!