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Central Ohio Diabetes Association hosted the third annual “Evening of Health"

More than 415 million people are living with diabetes worldwide (1 in 11 people), a figure likely to increase by 55 percent (642 million) unless immediate action is taken for preventive strategies emphasizing access for improved nutrition.

Diabetes was the focus of the World Health Organization’s World Health Day, Tuesday, April 7.  The goal of World Health Day 2016 was to scale up prevention, strengthen care, and enhance surveillance of the disease.   

World Health Day was also used to create a Call to Action to advocate for stronger health systems, enhanced prevention and more effective management of diabetes, which could be instrumental in reducing premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

The Central Ohio Diabetes Association took part in the World Health Organization’s Call To Action by hosting  a  community event, the third annual  “Evening Of Health,” on Tuesday, April 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the agency Headquarters, 1100 Dennison Ave

This event , part of the agency’s Brush up Series on Diabetes Care, was designed to offer attendees a chance to visit with exhibitors and receive information about products and services related to diabetes self-management.

Participants engaged in various short workshops including: cooking demonstrations with Chef Pam Archer, Discuss your Meds with a Pharmacist, stress management sessions, foot checks, Zumba instruction and other activities  Free diabetes screenings were also provided. 

According to 2013 data from the Ohio Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), it is estimated that 10.4 percent (921,012) of Ohio adults have been diagnosed with diabetes. The data also revealed that another 7.2 percent (378,153) of Ohio adults had been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, increasing their risk of progressing to Type 2 diabetes later in life.

Whether you have diabetes, pre-diabetes or are at risk for the disease, an “Evening of Health” could help you or someone you know who is affected by diabetes. Visit with exhibitors from the community to learn about available resources. Registration is required, please call 884-4400 and ask about the “Evening of Health” Session. 

One in 11 people in our community will develop diabetes. For more than 50 years, the Central Ohio Diabetes Association has helped Central Ohioans with diabetes to detect their condition, prevent onset and complications, and learn to live well with the challenge of diabetes.  The Central Ohio Diabetes Association is an independent non-profit organization providing services to people with diabetes in Central Ohio. . 


2016 World Health Day


World Health Day, April 7 focused on Diabetes
Central Ohio Diabetes Association kicked off a Call to Action- Make a difference don’t become a statistic

 
More than 415 million people are living with diabetes worldwide (1 in 11 people), a figure likely to increase by 55 percent (642 million) unless immediate action is taken for preventive strategies emphasizing access for improved nutrition.

Diabetes was the focus of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Health Day, on Tuesday, April 7. The goal of World Health Day 2016 is to scale up prevention, strengthen care, and enhance surveillance of the disease.  

World Health Day was used to create a Call to Action to advocate for stronger health systems, enhanced prevention and more effective management of diabetes, which could be instrumental in reducing premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). 

“The prevalence of diabetes is skyrocketing”, said Jeanne Grothaus, Executive Director, Central Ohio Diabetes Association. ‘But by getting screened and learning how to prevent diabetes and its complications, you can make a huge difference in both your own health and in the health of our community”.   

 The Central Ohio Diabetes Association plans to take part in the World Health Organization’s Call to Action by hosting various activities throughout the year.

According to 2013 data from the Ohio Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), it was estimated that 10.4 percent (921,012) of Ohio adults had been diagnosed with diabetes. The estimation also revealed that another 7.2 percent (378,153) of Ohio adults had been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, increasing their risk of progressing to Type 2 diabetes later in life. 

How can we ignore the benefits of disease prevention through nutrition in a world where 70 percent of Type 2 diabetes cases are largely preventable with a commitment to healthy diet and other lifestyle changes?
Maintaining normal body weight, engaging in regular physical activity, and eating a healthy diet, defined as one low in sugar, salt and saturated fat, can help reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. 

In 2012, more than 86 million people had pre diabetes; up from 79 million in 2010.  Treatment of diabetes involves lowering blood glucose and the levels of other known risk factors that damage blood vessels. 

Interventions that are both cost saving, feasible and can assist in reducing complications include:
1. Moderate blood glucose control. People with type 1 diabetes require insulin; people with type 2 diabetes can be treated with oral medication, but may also require insulin. 
2. Blood pressure control 
3. Foot care
4. Screening and treatment for retinopathy (which causes blindness)
5. Blood lipid control (to regulate cholesterol levels) 
6. Screening for early signs of diabetes-related kidney disease. 

These measures should be supported by a healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight and avoiding tobacco use. While not all types of diabetes can be prevented with a healthy diet, namely Type 1 diabetes, it is well accepted that all types of diabetes can be more effectively managed when healthy eating is prioritized. 

Collateral damage -The personal and public costs of diabetes are high. Millions of lives continue to be destroyed by a disease that represents 12 percent of the world’s health expenditure (USD 673 billion). As healthcare dollars rise dramatically, diabetes numbers grow with a ferocious terror, burdening health care systems, economies and families

In 2012, the disease was the direct cause of some 1.5 million deaths and the World Health Organization projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death by 2030.

In order for this Call to Action to be successful, many sectors of society have a role to play, including governments, employers, educators, manufacturers, civil society, private sector, the media and individuals themselves.

One in 11 people in our community will develop diabetes. For more than 50 years, the Central Ohio Diabetes Association helps Central Ohioans with diabetes to detect their condition, prevent onset and complications, and learn to live well with the challenge of diabetes. The Central Ohio Diabetes Association is an independent non-profit organization providing services to people with diabetes in Central Ohio.