AS part of our ongoing series of health columns, Julie Hirst, public health specialist for NHS Derbyshire County, including Buxton and the High Peak, talks about World Diabetes Day.
World Diabetes Day, on November 14 every year, has grown from humble beginnings to become a globally-celebrated event to increase awareness about diabetes. It’s an important event with over 850,000 people in England now living with undiagnosed diabetes. There are a further 7 million people who may be at high risk of getting it too.
Diabetes is a long term condition that affects the body’s ability to process sugar. It is a serious condition that needs to be diagnosed early to avoid complications. These include Heart Disease, Amputations, Stroke, Blindness and Kidney Disease. With early diagnosis and careful management, people with diabetes can continue to lead healthy and active lives. There are famous athletes living with diabetes, such as Olympic legend Sir Steve Redgrave.