Health Surveillance and Disease Management / Noncommunicable Diseases / Diabetes
World Diabetes Day: 14 November 2007—Unite for Diabetes
Posters (in PDF)
A Focus on Children
World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated worldwide on November 14. Last year, the United Nations approved a resolution recognizing WDD as an official UN celebration.
This year, WDD is focused on diabetes in children, with the message that “lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet and being physically active are effective in delaying and, in many cases, preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes, improving glycemic control, and reducing the risk of developing complications in children with type 1 diabetes.”
Children can present type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes appears most frequently among children and adolescents and requires insulin treatment. Sometimes type 1 diabetes appears in the form of ketoacidosis and it is necessary to diagnose and treat the disease quickly. Children with type 1 diabetes can live a healthy life if they and their families are properly educated and the proper treatment is followed.
Overweight and obesity are increasingly affecting children and adolescents, resulting in more children being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a disease until recently associated with adults. Research demonstrates that type 2 diabetes can be prevented by reducing body weight through diet and physical activity.
PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, in a message commemorating WDD, said “our message is directed to children and adolescent as well as their parents and teachers, to emphasize that obesity and type 2 diabetes can be prevented by maintaining an active lifestyle and a healthy diet”.
Research also demonstrates that the risk of premature mortality and some complications of type 1 and type 2 diabetes can be decreased by improving glycemic control. A healthy diet and increased physical activity can benefit children with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
PAHO is joined by its partners across the Americas in celebrating WDD. People living with diabetes across the Region expressed their support of PAHO’s celebration and offered testimonies about their life with diabetes, and the importance of this celebration: