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15 November, 2017 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 14 November, 2017 08:13:17 PM

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Diabetes awareness

Diabetes awareness

Diabetes is one of the most common non-communicable global diseases and the fourth leading cause of death in the world. What is more alarming is that the number of children affected by diabetes is increasing alarmingly.

This warrants that importance should be given to educating the public on the early warning signals of diabetes.

The warning signs of diabetes are often overlooked and misdiagnosed. Frequent urination, excessive thirst, weight loss, lack of interest and concentration, blurred vision, vomiting and stomach pain are among some of the symptoms of diabetes. If Type 1 diabetes, or the inability of the body to create insulin due to an autoimmune disorder, is not detected at an early age in children and it can be difficult to manage. With early diagnosis and access to care however, diabetes can be controlled.

Health experts have highlighted the need to tackle diabetes using a multidisciplinary approach involving endocrinologists, diabetes educators and dieticians, to improve the care diabetic patients receive. The risk of developing Type 2 diabetes is linked with increased obesity, which can be managed by making healthy dietary choices and increasing physical activity.

Various complications which may arise from diabetes include disease of the blood vessels, stroke, nerve damage, amputations, kidney failure, blindness, and foot fungous or gangrene. Awareness about these complications is crucial as they increase disability and health costs and reduce life expectancy and productivity. Periodic evaluation of patients with diabetes is essential so that these complications can be detected early and adequately treated.

On November 14th World Diabetes Day is celebrated globally. It is also the birthday of Frederick Grant Banting, one of the scientists who discovered insulin, the hormone a diabetic patient lacks. The day is used to highlight the need for education on the symptoms of diabetes and the measures that can be taken by the public to promote healthy lifestyles and to prevent Type 2 diabetes.

The growing epidemic of diabetes in Bangladesh and other developing countries suggest that traditional methods for diabetes management in hospital settings or clinics might not be adequate to control the epidemic alone. Globally, mobile phone technologies have emerged as an essential tool for strengthening health systems and improving disease management in many countries.

In recent years, the government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have adopted information technologies for health to their strategic plans. Previous studies showed the effectiveness of SMS for increasing medication adherence and behaviour changes in developing countries. It is high time for the governments and stakeholders to consider using innovative information technology for prevention and management of diabetes.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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