7 facts about World Diabetes Day

WASHINGTON — World Diabetes Day is Tuesday, Nov. 14. Here are some facts to raise awareness, courtesy of the International Diabetes Federation.

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1. Created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization, World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006. The theme for this year is Women and Diabetes — our right to a healthy future, according to the International Diabetes Federation. Source: International Diabetes Federation (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/didesign021)
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2. Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, according to the IDF. Around 2.1 million deaths per year are caused by diabetes. Source: International Diabetes Federation (Thinkstock)
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3. The IDF says up to 70 percent of cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented through the adoption of a healthy lifestyle. Source: International Diabetes Federation (Thinkstock)
4. The International Diabetes Federation estimates at least 199 million women are living with diabetes. By 2040, the total is projected to increase to 313 million. Source: International Diabetes Federation (Thinkstock)
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5. Two out of every five women with diabetes are of reproductive age, according to the IDF. Women with type 1 diabetes face increased risk of early miscarriage or having a baby with deformities. Source: International Diabetes Federation (Thinkstock)
New research offers evidence that 12 percent of deaths in the U.S. are caused by diabetes or its complications, making it the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer. (Thinkstock)
6. “Women with type 2 diabetes are almost 10 times more likely to have coronary heart disease than women without the condition,” according to the IDF. Source: International Diabetes Federation (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/psphotograph)
School students flash blue rings symbolic to diabetes during a rally on World Diabetes Day in Kolkata, India, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
Here are some ways to get involved with World Diabetes Day, according to the IDF: – Wear blue for diabetes
– Wear the blue circle pin
– Form a human blue circle
– Promote the blue circle selfie app
– Promote World Diabetes Day on social media using the following hashtags: #WDD #right2health #womendiabetes #GDM (AP Photo/Bikas Das) (AP/Bikas Das)
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Young female doctor making diabetes blood test on senior woman, closeup
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New research offers evidence that 12 percent of deaths in the U.S. are caused by diabetes or its complications, making it the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer. (Thinkstock)
School students flash blue rings symbolic to diabetes during a rally on World Diabetes Day in Kolkata, India, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

 


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