World Health Day Focuses On Diabetes

By: Lorraine Bernal

Health is all the new talk lately. You see a higher percentage of health-enthusiasts on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and other social media. Well, an official organization surrounding health is called World Health Organization, or WHO for short. The group was founded on April 7, 1948 to help get rid of unhealthy habits. Each year, they dedicate April 7 to something called “World Health Day”. Each World Health Day is centered around one health issue they want to promote. This year, participants will be focused on diabetes.

First of all, what’s diabetes? It is a chronic disease where the pancreas stops producing insulin (the sugar moderator), or when the body fails to properly use it. 62,000,000 Americans have diabetes; that’s 1 in every 5 Americans. There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 is common in children and Type 2 is common in adults.

DIabetes is also a hereditary disease. This means that someone with a family history of diabetes is more likely to gain it than a person who doesn’t have it in their gene pool. Though keep in mind that if the latter (second) doesn’t treat their body well, they actually increase their chances of yielding the malady.

To reduce the risk of diabetes of either kind, consider being more active (exercise or walk), avoiding unhealthy food (overloaded fat, sodium, carbs, and calories), and sleeping earlier. First, being active will get your body moving, lessening body fat (a factor of diabetes). Second, looking more closely at what you’re eating will lessen your chances of having a sugar overdose. And third, sleeping earlier will be healthy for your body because your body will accept the insulin it receives rather than resist it.

Diabetes is a major problem across the world that affects about 371 million people. We should all try to lessen the number by doing the preventative measures needed.

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