Many people are aware of the basics when it comes to diabetes. It’s a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas can’t produce insulin (type 1), doesn’t produce enough insulin (type 2), or the body can’t effectively use insulin (type 2).
Insulin is important in more ways than one. It’s the hormone that forces the glucose from our blood into our cells where we can then use it for energy. Without insulin, the glucose stays in our blood resulting in high blood sugar which can lead to the damage and failure of many internal organs.
What people may not know is just how prevalent diabetes is.
There are currently 371 million people living with diabetes around the world and another 280 million are at high risk of developing the disease. To put it into perspective, if diabetes were a country, it would be the third most populated country on the planet. (Source: International Diabetes Foundation)
Even more alarming is the fact that 1 in 2 people with diabetes don’t even know they have it. (Source: International Diabetes Foundation)
On World Diabetes Day, we encourage you to know the risks, raise awareness, and fight to prevent diabetes. And for those living with diabetes, we look to them for inspiration.
Here are some of the stories we’ve shared on our blog about diabetes.
Diabetes Knows No Boundaries was written for World Diabetes Day 2012 by Charles Renfroe, the Director of Diabetes Advocacy & Alliances at Johnson & Johnson. His inspiring story about Life for a Child talks about helping to manage diabetes for children in developing countries.
Recognizing Diabetes Alert Day: One Mother’s Personal and Professional Journey is a mother-daughter story of two Johnson & Johnson employees. Kelsey writes about how her mother’s experience with diabetes was an inspiration to her. Beth talks about how diabetes affected her career path and journey to motherhood.
Celebrating Irish Heritage in the Face of Type 1 Diabetes shares the story of Alyssa who became a competitive Irish-step dancer after she thought her diabetes diagnosis would crush her dreams.
Letting Go is the story of how one mother came to terms with her child’s type 1 diagnosis but will never fully let go of her baby.
If you’re looking for more information on diabetes including the types, risks, complications of diabetes as well as ways to prevent it, we encourage you to visit the International Diabetes Federation and keep raising awareness!
Fadra Nally is a Communications Specialist for Johnson & Johnson. When she’s not working, she’s mothering a precocious 6 year old in the suburbs of Baltimore, MD. In her spare time, she writes all.things.fadra, one of the Top 100 Mom Blogs for 2012 according to Babble.com. She’s also the co-founder of Charitable Influence.