World health day is a worldwide awareness day, which has been annually held on April 7 since 1954. Each year, a particular health problem is chosen for world health day to bring interest and awareness to the topic. On April 7, many different events, lectures and drives take place surrounding the chosen theme.
This year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has chosen the theme «Diabetes mellitus» and is dedicating world health day to the prevention and treatment of this chronic, metabolic disease. Diabetes is becoming more common in many countries and is encouraged by the increasing tendencies of obesity, lack of exercise and unhealthy nutrition.
In this themed category, we are dedicating ourselves to the theme of World Health Day 2016 - Diabetes - and present you with many interesting products surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of this widespread metabolic disease.
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic metabolic disease, which leads to an increased blood sugar level and other consequential diseases. There are two different types of the disease. Most diagnoses are type-2 diabetes, which is promoted by lack of exercise, obesity, aging or heredity.
Type-2 diabetes is almost always diagnosed through coincidence, due to the fact that the afflicted has absolutely no noticeable symptoms of the disease within the first few years. Only after a few years, when the blood glucose count has reached a high level, symptoms will set in, such as heavy water letting, increased thirst, increased susceptibility to infection or worsened wound healing.
Diagnosis of the diabetes disease is carried out with the help of oral glucose tolerance tests or by determining the HbA1c value.
Diabetes can be treated, but not healed. Treatment is determined by the individual blood sugar levels and living conditions of the patients. For some patients, a simple change in diet and exercise is enough to bring the blood glucose into balance, whereas other patients require insulin.
In this themed category, we would like to introduce you to interesting products surrounding the theme of diabetes mellitus, its diagnosis and treatment. Here, you will also find products for detecting consequential diseases, e.g. diabetic polyneuropathy.