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‘199 million women living with diabetes’

Published: 
Friday, November 10, 2017

An estimated 415 million people have been diagnosed with Diabetes worldwide, a figure set to grow to 642 million if nothing is done. Every year, World Diabetes Day is celebrated on November 14 with this year’s theme of “Women and Diabetes–our right to a healthy future.”

Globally, one in 10 women are living with diabetes, a total of 199 million women. This total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040. Two out of every five women with diabetes are of reproductive age while diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women causing 2.1 million deaths per year.

Women with Type 2 diabetes are almost 10 times more likely to have coronary heart disease than women without the condition, while women with Type 1 diabetes have an increased risk of early miscarriage or having a baby with malformations.

This year, the International Diabetes Federation campaign will promote the importance of affordable and equitable access for all women at risk for or living with diabetes, to essential diabetes medicines and technologies, self-management education and information they require. This will enable them to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes and strengthen their capacity to prevent type 2 diabetes.

The Trinidad and Tobago Diabetes Association will be hosting its annual walk tomorrow from 9 am to noon at the paved area of the Queen’s Park Savannah.

ASHA SAMAROO
Chairperson of the
San Fernando Branch
Diabetes Association of
Trinidad and Tobago