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World Diabetes Day: Women and Diabetes

Source : Daily News

As the theme of the world diabetic day, we need to promote the importance of cost effective management of diabetes mellitus in Sri Lanka. This will highlight the importance of affordable and accessible diabetic care for women. All women at risk or living with diabetes need to have easy access to diabetes medicine, self-management education, and information they need to achieve optimal outcome and ability to prevent type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes is a chronic, metabolic disease characterized by elevated levels of blood glucose (or blood sugar), which leads over time to serious damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves. The most common is type 2 diabetes, usually in adults, which occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin or doesn’t make enough insulin. In the past three decades, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes has risen dramatically in countries of all income levels.

The Primary Care Diabetic Group Sri Lanka was registered as a voluntary Social services/Non-Governmental Organization under Voluntary Social Services Organization Act No. 31 of 1980 as amended by Act No. 8 of 1998 on January 23, 2009. Its Head Office is at CeyMed, Stanley Thilakaratne Mawatha, Nugegoda. We do promote public education on Diabetes and render assistance to the needy patients with Diabetes Mellitus.

As the theme of the world diabetic day, we need to promote the importance of cost effective management of diabetes mellitus in Sri Lanka. This will highlight the importance of affordable and accessible diabetic care for women. All women at risk or living with diabetes need to have easy access to diabetes medicine, self-management education, and information they need to achieve optimal outcome and ability to prevent type 2 diabetes.

Key messages

All women with diabetes in Sri Lanka need to have easy access to diabetic care and health education to manage their diabetes and improve their health outcomes at an affordable price.

Currently there are over 199 million women living with diabetes in the world. This total is projected to increase to 300 million by 2040. The majority of this rise will affect the South Asian region of the world. Furthermore, two out of every five women with diabetes are of reproductive age, accounting for over 60 million women worldwide.

Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing over 2 million deaths annually and women with type 2 diabetes mellitus are 10 times more likely to develop ischemic heart disease than women without the condition.

Women with type 1 diabetes have an increased risk of early miscarriage or having a baby with malformations.

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