National Diabetes Day: Over 700k Alabamians living with disease


The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation estimates 40,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes every year.

Gestational Diabetes Mellitus is a form of diabetes which develops among women during pregnancy because the hormones secreted by the placenta for the development of the foetus also block the action of the mother's insulin. One in 10 Women are living with diabetes, that equals about 199 million women in the world.

By controlling diabetes or successfully avoiding the development of the disease you're more apt to have increased energy; be less exhausted; be less thirsty; urinate less frequently; have improved healing; have less infections; and also decrease the risk of other health problems caused by diabetes, such as heart attacks and strokes, eye problems; nerve problems in your hands and feet; kidney problems and teeth and gum issues. Of this, nearly 180 million are women.

Mangwiro said if not properly monitored, diabetes may lead to strokes, heart attacks, kidney failures, obesity that may lead to cervical and breast cancer, high blood pressure and lower limb amputations which later lead to death.

Individuals can assess their risk for pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes by taking a simple test at

Making some basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and healthy living can decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes.

The registry data shows 56.1% of the registered young diabetics have been hospitalised at least once for acute diabetes-related complications. However, GDM is not to be taken as seriously as it should be. "I urge women and girls to consult doctors if the contraceptives they take suite their health conditions, if they get pregnant whilst the HBA is high, there are high chances for them to birth to disabled children", said Dr Mangwiro. The intervention will comprise group sessions and text/voice message prompts on physical activity, healthy diet, and stress management.

This study will generate knowledge related to the implementation of a preventive strategy embedded in existing resource-constrained health systems.

The disease has no cure but it is preventable and can be managed.