Friday, April 22

Earth day- do you care?

File:Earth Day - Earth from Space.jpg

Why should we celebrate earth day?

Because this earth that we live, this environment that we live in and the land we till to produce our food is inherently intertwined with our bodies and minds.

We can’t simply take, take, take, and take from the earth- there will be and there already are consequences. I would even argue that we have been the most destructive of all species on this planet. Our actions have put the lives of every single living being on this planet in jeopardy.

We have to stop making excuses and start acting toward a healthier earth and eventually a healthier US. Don’t wait for governments to change or enact policies or sign climate deals- do your part, whatever you can! It is time to act-

Gandhi said “The good man is the friend of all living things.” We have a responsibility, every single one of us.

But it can't be just this one day- celebrate earth day every day!

Thursday, April 7

Beat Diabetes WHO call to action

It’s World Health Day today and the WHO has issued a call to action to “Beat Diabetes”.

World Health Day 2016 poster: Halt the rise in diabetes

Diabetes is  a set of diseases that result in excessive amounts of sugar in the blood a.k.a high blood glucose. Type 2 diabetes is among the most common types of diabetes and it occurs when the body stops using insulin properly ultimately leading to “insulin resistance”. The other common types are
  1. Type 1 diabetes
  • occurs due to lack of insulin production
  • poorly understood form of diabetes
  1. Gestational diabetes
  • occurs during pregnancy
  • risk factor for pregnancy related complications
  • increased risk of Type 2 diabetes for both the mothers and their children.

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder and its long term complications include heart disease, strokes, diabetic retinopathies, kidney failure  and poor blood flow to the limbs that could result in amputations. It is also among the leading cause of death. In 2012 nearly 1.5 million deaths were directly attributed to diabetes. Early diagnosis, management of blood glucose levels through diet, physical activity and medication when necessary and routine screenings are not only cost-effective but are effective interventions to prevent diabetes-related complications from occurring or worsening.

A new study published in The Lancet this month has raised the alarm by showing that there has been quadrupling of the number of people with diabetes since 1980. The pooled analysis of 751 population-based studies involving nearly 4.4 million participants from 146 countries shows increasing burden of diabetes, more so in low and middle income countries than in high-income countries. This number is startling and is  a wake up call to public health and health care professionals. 

World Health Day 2016 banner

Diabetes is a treatable disease and efforts to prevent/treat it, will help achieve MDG 3 target of preventing premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases by one-third by 2030. We should be working together to raise awareness about diabetes with a particular focus on low and middle income countries, scale up prevention strategies that are specific, effective and affordable.

For this campaign, WHO has created a quiz-take it to test your knowledge.

Note: This was cross-posted to IHblog