Dr Shivali Ahlawat, MD, DNB Pathology, Lab Director- Oncquest Laboratories (National Reference Lab), Gurugram
The year 2021, marks the century of the discovery of insulin. Even after completing 100 years of this one of the greatest findings in the medical field, there are still millions of people unaware about the solemnity of diabetes and the need of honest care required to avoid complications.
Diabetes is a chronic disease, which occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. This leads to an increased concentration of glucose in the blood (hyperglycaemia).
November is national diabetes awareness month and 14th November is officially known as ‘World Diabetes Day’. ‘Finding the cure starts with creating awareness’; understanding these valuable words the theme for World Diabetes Day 2021-23 is “Access to diabetes care”, keeping in limelight the significance and seriousness of boosting access to diabetes care for all and the requirement for action to prevent this chronic disease and its complication.
Fundamental components of diabetes care include access to insulin and medication, education and psychological support. People living with diabetes need ongoing and up to date education to help them manage their condition.
This ‘World’s Diabetes Day’ let’s work responsibly by joining our hands together as a team and creating awareness about this persistent disease and the need of healthy regular care to prevent it.
“Know Diabetes, Fight Diabetes, Let’s beat Diabetes!!”