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World Diabetes Day 2023: Access to Diabetes Care


The theme for World Diabetes Day 2023 is, Access to Diabetes Care.” This theme encourages people to stay connected with dietary changes and exercise to keep short-term and long-term blood glucose levels within acceptable bounds.

Despite healthcare being a basic human right, many globally encounter barriers to accessing quality diabetes care. World Diabetes Day 2023’s theme, ‘Access to Diabetes Care,’ resonates with the WHO South-East Asia Region’s NCD flagship, emphasizing the importance of this issue.

Additionally, raising public awareness is considered one of the good treatments for all types of diabetes. It can minimize the risk of complications from a range of factors. According to research, globally, it is estimated around 422 million adults were living with diabetes in 2014, compared to 108 million in 1980.

In 2007, the United Nations adopted a resolution 61/225, indicating the recognition of World Diabetes Day. At that moment, a specific document acknowledged, ” It is need of the hour to improve human health through multilateral efforts and provide access to treatment and health-care education.

Access to Diabetes Care

Having discussed that the theme for 2023 is “Access to Diabetes Care.” In contemporary times, where the modern world is so organized with advanced technology and infrastructure people are still deprived of the basic care they need.

The discovery of insulin’s centenary offers a distinctive chance to instigate significant improvements for over 460 million people with diabetes and the millions more facing the risk.

Together, the worldwide diabetes community possesses the numbers, influence, and determination necessary to enact meaningful change. Confronting the challenge is imperative.

Historical Background:

World Diabetes Day was first established by the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1991. It was a response to growing concerns about the upsurging of health-related problems across the globe

Types of Diabetes:

Diabetes is a chronic disease characterized by elevated levels of blood sugar (glucose) over an extended period. It occurs when the body either does not produce enough insulin or cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes typically arises because of an autoimmune reaction where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Additionally, this type is typically diagnosed in children and young adults. It can only be minimized through lifelong insulin therapy.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes appears when the body becomes resistant to insulin or doesn’t produce enough insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels. This type is commonly occurs in adulthood, but increasingly diagnosed in children and adolescents.

This type can be managed through oral medication, lifestyle changes, and, in some cases, insulin

Remedies to Control the Diabetes

As per the latest research, diabetes cannot be eradicatedhelp. It can be controlled through various possible ways; quality diet, non-stop morning walk, and 1 Glass of water with 1 lemon slice.

In this regard, World Diabetes Day was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2006 with the passage of a resolution to this effect. According to the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) proposed the winning awareness about the diabetes:

  1. Local and national policymakers have to ensure that people with diabetes have access they need.
  2. Healthcare organizations have to conduct health awareness seminars in schools.
  3. Organize a diabetes awareness walk.
  4. By raising diabetes awareness, run social media campaigns.

Furthermore, Diabetes care should be accessible, affordable, and high-quality for everyone, regardless of their socio-economic status or where they live.

It’s a collective duty involving governments, healthcare providers, and communities. Investing now can yield substantial future benefits. This World Diabetes Day, centered on Access to Diabetes Care, let’s work together toward the message: ‘Know your risk, Know your response.

Shayan Hassan
Shayan Hassan
A dedicated writer and avid observer of the evolving world of international relations. My passion for geopolitics was ignited during my academic journey, where I excelled in competitive exams, and it has since become the cornerstone of my writing career. I am driven by an insatiable curiosity about the complex interplay of global forces that shape our world.

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