NaBloPoMo Day 3
80% of type 2 diabetes is preventable by changing diet, increasing physical activity and improving the living environment. Yet, without effective prevention and control programmes, the incidence of diabetes is likely to continue rising globally.
World Diabetes Foundation, Diabetes Facts
Insulin is vital for the survival of people with type 1 diabetes and often ultimately required by people with type 2 diabetes. Even though insulin's indispensible nature is recognised by its inclusion in the WHO's Essential Medicines List, insulin is still not available on an uninterrupted basis in many parts of the developing world.
Life expectancy (in Rwanda) is less than 5 years with diabetes. In addition, many children and adolescents with diabetes die very quickly. Other young people struggle to survive with insufficient access to insulin and without access to monitoring supplies or trained diabetes healthcare providers. Unable to control their blood glucose, they develop complications early in life. In low-income countries, it is not uncommon to find youths and young adults with devastating complications such as eye damage and kidney failure. For these young people, the years spent developing complications are desperately unpleasant and unhappy.
YOU CAN HELP.
1) WATCH THIS VIDEO. SHARE THIS VIDEO. THEN WATCH IT AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. WE NEED 100,000 VIEWS BY NOVEMBER 14, 2010 IN ORDER TO RAISE $75,000 TO PROVIDE INSULIN TO CHILDREN IN NEED. REMEMBER THAT INSULIN IS NOT A CURE. WITHOUT INSULIN, THESE CHILDREN WILL DIE. ISN'T THAT WORTH 1 MINUTE AND 49 SECONDS OF YOUR TIME?
2) DIG THROUGH YOUR CLOSETS, SHELVES, AND CUPBOARDS IN SEARCH OF EXTRA METERS AND UNOPENED BOXES OF TEST STRIPS. THEN DONATE THEM TO SUPPORT THIS EFFORT.