Tuesday, 9 November 2010

November is diabetes awareness month.....30 facts for 30 days

Novemeber is diabetes awareness month, with November 14th being World Diabetes Day.

JDRF are posting 30 facts for 30 days. This means that every day in November they will post a different fact about type 1 diabetes everyday. You can pick up these facts via their facebook page, http://www.jdrf1campaign.org.uk/page.asp?section=91&sectionTitle=30+facts+for+30+days  but if you don't have facebook I will also post them here.

  1. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, lifethreatening condition which has a lifelong impact of those diagnosed and their families.
  2. Unlike type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes is not linked to being overweight, lack of exercise or other lifestyle factors.
  3. Type 1 diabetes affects 350,000 people in the UK, enough to fill Wembley Stadium almost four times over.
  4. Type 1 diabetes oftene strikes in childhood. It stays with people for the rest of their lives.
  5. Type 1 diabetes happens because the body's own immune system attacks cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.
  6. Type 1 diabetes is noone's fault. It can happen to anyone and is not caused by anything they or their parents did or didn't do.
  7. Over 25,000 children in the UK have type 1 diabetes - you would need 48 jumbo jets to take them all on holiday to America.
  8. People with type 1 rely on insulin injections / infusions and up to 10-12 finger prick tests every day just to stay alive.
  9. Incidence of type 1 diabetes is increasing by about 4% each year, and more quickly in children under five.
  10. Type 1 diabetes is 50 to 60 times more common in under 18s than type 2 diabetes.
  11. On average the life expectancy of a person with type 1 diabetes is shortened by 15-20 years.
  12. Insulin pumps can help improve quality of life for people with type 1. But only about 4% of people with type 1 diabetes in the UK currently use insulin pumps, one of the lowest rates of pump therapy in any developed nation. 
  13. People with type 1 diabetes in Blackburn (17%) are 42 times more likely to get a pump than people in Luton (0.4%).
  14. 14 November is World Diabetes Day. On this day seven people in the UK will be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
  15. The peak age for diagnosis of type 1 diabetes in the UK is 10-14 years but is becoming younger
  16. Incidence of type 1 diabetes has increased five - fold in the under five group in the last 20 years.
  17. Half of people with type 1 diabetes in the UK are diagnosed under the age of 15 and 90% are diagnosed by 30.
  18. Common signs of type 1 diabetes are thirst, frequent urination, tiredness, weight loss, ketones (pear drop smell on breath).
  19. Worldwise, 70,000 children (aged 14 and under) develop type 1 diabetes each year.
  20. Finland has the highest rate of type 1 diabetes in the world.
  21. Type 1 diabetes is 30 times more common in Scandinavia than in Japan, which has one of the lowest rates of the condition globally.
  22. 85% of people who develop type 1 diabetes have no relative with it. However, genetic factors pre-dispose people to developing it.
  23. Today we know of more than 50 genes that are associated with the risk of developing type 1 diabetes.
  24. More men have type 1 diabetes in Scotland compared with women - 56.1% compared with 43.9%
  25. 20 years after diagnosis, nearly all people with type 1 diabetes will have some evidence of retinopathy.
  26. Long term complications of type 1 diabetes include heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and limb amputation.
  27. There are very few foods that someone with type 1 diabetes cannot eat and no special foods are required.
  28. An hour of research into type 1 diabetes costs around £60. Every bit of research brings us a step closer to finding a cure.
  29. The incidence of type 1 diabetes in the UK has doubled every 20 years since 1945.
  30. On a global level JDRF has dedicated over £850 million to research into type 1 diabetes over the past 40 years.
So there you have it some facts that you probaby already knew and some you didn't. JDRF do a fantastic job raising vital funds so that maybe, one day we will have a cure for our children

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