Wednesday, 6 April 2016

World Health Day

April 7 is World Health Day, and this year the World Health Organization is focusing on #diabetes. An estimated 422 million people in the world have diabetes and the prevalence is growing, particularly in low and middle income countries. Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively used the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar, and gives us the energy that we need to live.  If insulin cannot get into the cells to be burned as energy, sugar builds up to harmful levels in the blood.  There are two main types of diabetes. People with type 1 typically make none of their own and require insulin injections to survive. Persons with type 2 diabetes, usually produces their own insulin but not enough or they are unable to use it properly. People with type 2 diabetes are typically overweight and sedentary, two conditions which raise a person’s insulin needs.  
Be proactive and take charge of your health.
#diabetes #insulin #hormone #energy #pancreas