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Women the focus of World Diabetes Day


Today is World Diabetes Day! The November 14th is the birthday of the co-discoverer of insulin, Frederick Banting.

World Diabetes Day is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign organised by the International Diabetes Federation. The theme for WDD 2017 is Women and Diabetes. DIABNEXT supports this important day to highlight awareness of the condition which plagues so many diabetics. DIABNEXT believes we can change this situation, with affordable technologies to improve the self-management.

The World Diabetes Day 2017 campaign will promote the importance of affordable and equitable access for all women at risk for or living with diabetes to the essential diabetes medicines and technologies, self-management education and information they require to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes and strengthen their capacity to prevent type 2 diabetes.

Facts & figures

There are currently over 199 million women living with diabetes and this total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040. Gender roles and power dynamics influence vulnerability to diabetes, affect access to health services and health seeking behavior for women, and amplify the impact of diabetes on women.

Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths each year. As a result of socioeconomic conditions, girls and women with diabetes experience barriers in accessing cost-effective diabetes prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and care, particularly in developing countries. Globally, diabetes kills about 3.4 million people annually. WHO projects that diabetes deaths will double between 2005 and 2030.

WDD 2017 around the world

Take part in World Diabetes Day. Check out over 1,000 events in more than 100 countries, and let’s know how you’ll celebrating it.

Learn more about this issue:

1 in 10 women living with diabetes

Women and girls are key agents in the adoption of healthy lifestyles