Get Involved in this international event!
World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14. The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations and engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness.
Diabetes Education and Prevention is the World Diabetes Day theme for the period 2009-2013.
This year, Diabetes WA will be lighting the Perth Bell Tower blue for World Diabetes Day on November 14, 2012.
Diabetes WA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Andrew Wagstaff, believes it is critical the impact diabetes has on the Western Australian community is continually highlighted.
"Lighting the Perth Bell Tower on World Diabetes Day is a great way to remind the community about the tens of thousands of people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes every day," Mr Wagstaff said.
"It also serves as a visual reminder of the advocacy and support services, educational programs and products that Diabetes WA provides people with diabetes and their families," noted Mr Wagstaff.
If you know someone who has diabetes, this occasion is an ideal opportunity to ask them if they have registered with the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS). Registration allows access to reduced rates for products (including test strips, needles and pen needles), and services.
Diabetes is our nation’s fastest growing chronic disease and unless action is taken now, it expected to overtake heart disease and cancer to become the largest cause of disability and premature death in Australia.
The good news is that type 2 diabetes can be prevented through positive lifestyle changes. In fact, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes can be reduced by up to 60% by maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active and following a healthy eating plan.
Diabetes is a condition that cannot be ignored, but sadly, there are many people within our community that have diabetes without knowing it.
In fact, it is estimated that for every diagnosed case of type 2 diabetes, there is another that goes undiagnosed and untreated. Diagnosis and appropriate management is paramount: research has shown that if people with diabetes can manage their diabetes well, the risks of complications are greatly reduced and may be either prevented or significantly delayed.
Diabetes WA is pleased to provide you with a suite of resources to help you promote the event in your community and raise awareness about diabetes. Should you wish to have your details added to the distribution list please email firstname.lastname@example.org