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Beat Diabetes this World Health Day

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

If you have already given upon on your New Year’s fitness resolutions, 7th April 2016 might be a good time to renew them. The theme for this year is Beat Diabetes which appears apt considering the increased amount of sugar in our diet.

The Beginning

Beat Diabetes

In 1948, the WHO held the First World Health Assembly. The Assembly decided to celebrate 7 April of each year, with effect from 1950, as World Health Day. The World Health Day is held to mark WHO’s founding and is seen as an opportunity by the organization to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year.

2016:  Beat Diabetes

The WHO is focusing this year’s World Health Day, on 7 April 2016, on  diabetes  – a largely preventable and treatable non-communicable disease  that is rapidly increasing in numbers in many countries, most dramatically in low- and middle-income countries.

Simple lifestyle measures have been shown to be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes, including maintaining normal body weight, engaging in regular physical activity, and eating a healthy diet. Diabetes can be controlled and managed to prevent complications through diagnosis, self-management education, and affordable treatment. The WHO estimates about 350 million people in the world have diabetes, with the disease the direct cause of some 1.5 million deaths.

Diet and Physical activity are important parts of an individual’s diabetes management plan. When you exercise, your muscles use sugar (glucose) for energy. Regular physical activity along with diet modifications help your body use insulin more efficiently. These factors work together to lower your blood sugar level.

Dr. Ashish Bajaj, M.B.B.S., M.D

The goals of WHD 2016 are

(1) Scale-up prevention

(2) Strengthen care

(3) Enhance surveillance.

As a method to spread awareness, WHO has come up with innovative posters regarding the theme, Beat Diabetes.

Diabetes is a ‘silent’ disease in its early stages, and you may feel perfectly well until complications occur. However, a late diagnosis can result in serious and irreversible complications that could have been otherwise prevented through health screening

Dr. M.G. Kartheeka, MBBS, MD


If you wish to participate or organize an event on World Health Day 2016: Beat Diabetes, you can sign up on the WHO website. Set up your own local World Health Day event where you can discuss and share information, messages for the Day. Who do you want to help educate: Your local schools? Organizations or clubs? Perhaps even your local leaders?

Sign up for the event on the following link: Link Expired.

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