World Diabetes Day 2016
Eyes on Diabetes

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World Diabetes Day on November 14 will draw attention to the urgent need for the earlier detection of diabetes worldwide. The theme for 2016, ‘Eyes on Diabetes’, will also raise awareness of the risks of the sight-related conditions diabetes can cause.

Diabetes is one of the fastest-growing health problems facing the world today, with more than 640 million people expected to be living with the condition by 2040. However, according to the International Diabetes Federation, one out of every two adults with diabetes worldwide remains undiagnosed despite the fact that Type 2 diabetes can be managed and treated with early detection.

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Screening for diabetes and diabetes-related complications is an essential part of managing diabetes because early detection and treatment can help modify its course and reduce the risk of complications. Diet and lifestyle changes, along with physical activity, can reduce diabetes risk, while regular screening and medication can help manage it.

 

Preventing complications

 

Early detection can help people with diabetes to lead relatively normal, healthy lives. If left undiagnosed and untreated, complications such as blindness, cardiovascular disease, kidney failure and lower-limb amputation can result. In fact, as many as one in three people living with diabetes – or 93 million adults – has diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that can result in blindness.

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common eye condition affecting people with diabetes. It can, however, be treated to help minimize and prevent vision loss, and to reduce its impact on day-to-day life.

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Sanofi is working with international healthcare agencies such as the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization to help develop and promote education and prevention programs for diabetes detection and management.

In particular, strategies are needed to raise awareness of the need for better diabetes screening – including diabetic retinopathy screening – in low- and middle-income countries, which are home to three-quarters of the people living with diabetes. Diabetes care in countries like China can be particularly challenging given a chronic shortage of nurses. Other Sanofi initiatives include working to improve medication adherence and the promotion of patient involvement and engagement in healthcare.

 

The World Health Organization estimates that diabetes causes 1.5 million deaths each year, meaning diabetes will be the seventh highest cause of death worldwide by 2030.

With statistics like these, there has never been a more urgent time to raise awareness of diabetes, and to work towards improving diagnosis and management worldwide.

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