World Health Day is on an important mission for 2016: raising awareness for diabetes.
The central event for the day will be the release of a health report in Geneva by World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general Margaret Chan.
The report will raise awareness by detailing the alarming statistics of diabetes.
Cases have nearly quadrupled from 108 million to 422 million worldwide since 1980, and killed 1.5 million people in 2012. Type 2 diabetes now accounts for almost 90 per cent of diabetes worldwide.
WHO spokesman Paul Garwood told The Newsroom the main aim of the day was to raise awareness of diabetes and its symptoms so people can take action.
“We can all take simple steps to increase our activity, to eat well and to not smoke, and thereby reduce our risk of getting Type 2 diabetes,” he said.
Mr Garwood also urged diabetes sufferers to establish a healthy routine: “Even among people who have diabetes those same actions will reduce their risk of developing complications associated with the disease.”
Diabetes NSW urges everyone to circulate promotional material to establish an understanding of diabetes and its serious health implications. WHO has encouraged people around the world to take the World Health Day quiz.
The official hashtags for the day are #WHD2016 and #worldhealthday.
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Diabetes NSW is accepting donations to help Diabetes Australia raise awareness, and to fund education for people living with diabetes and diabetes research.
The National Museum of Australia in Canberra is also hosting an event to spread the message. The GOLD Company and Dance for Parkinsons is performing Great Sport, to celebrate the legacy of movement in sporting history through various dance works, and to promote the importance of healthy living and regular exercise to Australia. – Samantha Barrie
Top photo of blood sugar tester by Tesa Robbins.