Two hundred and fifty-nine

World Diabetes Day

According to the latest statistics of the International World Diabetes Federation, they predict 1 in 10 adults could have diabetes by 2030 (currently it’s 1 in 13 adults). “New figures indicate that the number of people living with diabetes is expected to rise from 366 million in 2011 to 552 million by 2030, if no urgent action is taken. This equates to approximately three new cases every ten seconds or almost ten million per year.”

Other figures that were released:

  • In the poorest regions of the year, such as parts of Africa, diabetes is expected to rise 90% by 2030.
  • 80% of people with diabetes live in low and middle income countries.
  • 78,000 children develop type 1 diabetes every year
  • The greatest number of people with diabetes are between 40-59 years of age
That’s a lot of people.  In 2007, with the help of the International Diabetes Federation and its affiliates, World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day.  Nov 14th marks the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who, along with Drs. Charles Best, John Macleod and James Bertram Collip co-discovered insulin – the 90th anniversary of the discovery of insulin.

What is diabetes?
“Diabetes is a chronic disease that arises when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces.  Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that enables cells to take in glucose from the blood and use it for energy. Failure to produce insulin, or of insulin to act properly, or both, leads to raised glucose (sugar) levels in the blood (hyperglycaemia). This is associated with long-term damage to the body and failure of various organs and tissues.” –
There are two types of diabetes.  Type 1 is caused by an auto-immune reaction where the body attacks insulin-producing cells.  It usually occurs in children or young adults, and they need insulin-shots every day in order to regulate the glucose levels in their blood.  Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90% of all diabetes cases.  It is shown by insulin resistance or insulin deficiency late in life (usually after 40).  It is often associated with obesity.

The prevention of Type 1 diabetes is still under study, however it is thought that a health diet, maintaining a healthy weight and cardiovascular exercise can help ward off Type 2 diabetes.

What can you do?

  • has a list of events celebrating the day.
  • Donate to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the International Diabetes Federation “Life for a Child” campaign
  • Wear blue, the colour symbol of diabetes, and spread knowledge about this disease.
  • Promote education, advocacy and awareness.
  • Keep yourself healthy: walk or bike to work, take the stairs instead of the elevator, eat less fast food.
  • Learn more at
  • If you think you might have diabetes, read warning signs here and consult your doctor.

It is also American National Guacamole Day, Colombian Woman Day and Operating Room Nurse Day.  So eat some guacamole, celebrate women and thank all those operating room nurses who help us when something unexpected happens and we need healing.

Recap for World Kindness Day

Speaking of kind nurses, I haven’t been feeling very well.  I have a doctor’s appointment Wednesday and I hope it’s nothing, but I’m having some pain in my back and lower abdomen.  Not to worry, I’m tough.  But I just want to thank all of my co-workers, friends, family, and boyfriend, who showed some real kindness to me yesterday when I was in pain.  I had expected to spend the day helping others (and I tried my best to help as many people as I could while going about my day), but sometimes you have to take kindness from others.

On a personal note to the woman who made one of the servers at my pub so angry, I think he almost punched a wall: you don’t need to be rude to feel better about yourself.  Try kindness for a day.  You’ll see you get much more out of being kind than the negativity.