World Diabetes Day

Cameroon will join the rest of the international community on November 14, 2019 to commemorate the world diabetes day. 100%Jeune, lays particularly emphasis this year on juvenile diabetes.

In 2014, 8.5% of adults aged 18 years and older had diabetes. According to Worl Health Organisation 2016 report, in 2016, diabetes was the direct cause of 1.6 million deaths and in 2012 high blood glucose was the cause of another 2.2 million deaths.

Type 1 diabetes (T1D), also known as juvenile diabetes, is a form of diabetes in which very little or no insulin is produced by the pancreas. Insulin is a hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy for the body. Type 1 diabetes signs and symptoms can appear relatively suddenly and may include: Increased thirst, Frequent urination, Bed-wetting in children who previously didn't wet the bed during the night, Extreme hunger, Unintended weight loss, Irritability and other mood changes, Fatigue and weakness, Blurred vision

Once diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, it can be well managed if we:

  • Eat healthy ; take more vegetables and fruits
  • More counselling
  • Regular check-up in other to ascertain the level of sugar in the blood.

Source: Dr Nkemnju Frederick .A: Coordinator of St John ambulance Cameroon Clinic

BY Desmond Mbua

Desmond Mbua

Freelance journalist from ASMAC