World Diabetes Day - Tips to Overcome Type 2 Diabetes
November 14, 2018 | Abigail Mckay

World Diabetes Day - Tips to Overcome Type 2 Diabetes

World Diabetes Day is observed annually on 14th of November every year by International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The main aim of this awareness day is to create public awareness of the causes, prevention, diagnosis, management and treatment of diabetes.

This year, the theme for 2018 is “The Family and Diabetes”

Diabetes concerns every family

Over 425 million people are currently living with diabetes.1 in 2 people currently living with diabetes are unaware, most of these cases are Type 2 Diabetes, which is largely preventable through regular physical activity, a healthy and a balanced diet along with the promotion of healthy living environment. 

Following are the tips to overcome Type 2 Diabetes:

 All families are potentially affected by diabetes and so aware of the signs, symptoms and risk factors for all types of diabetes are vital to help to detect it early.

 Raise awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and support network of those affected.

 Promote the role of the family in the management, care, prevention, and education of diabetes.

 Early diagnosis and treatment are key to prevent complications of diabetes and achieve healthy outcomes.

Families have a key role to play in addressing the modifiable risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes and must be provided with the education, resources, and environments to live a healthy lifestyle.


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Abigail Mckay

Abigail has been a nurse for five years, and throughout her time as a nurse, she has worked in multiple medical-surgical units as well as spent time in the infusion therapy clinic and endoscopy lab. She is passionate about preventative medicine through patient education regarding nutrition and exercise. Due to her passion, Abigail has gone on to earn two certifications including a certification in medical-surgical nursing (CMSRN) and a certification in holistic nursing (HNB-BC), in hopes of being able to better serve her patients. Abigail earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and now bettering patient education in the healthcare system through partnering with American TelePhysicians.