See it. Slow it. Stop it: The type 2 diabetes prevention guide
This World Diabetes Day, Merck is raising awareness of the signs of type 2 diabetes and steps for helping to prevent one of the largest global health emergencies of the 21st century.
This World Diabetes Day (November 14, 2018), Merck is raising awareness about prediabetes / diabetes prevention with See it. Slow it. Stop it. This global awareness campaign will educate the public about the signs of prediabetes and encourage those at risk to see a healthcare professional to help get them on the right track. The See it. Slow it. Stop it. will also offer tips to leading a healthier lifestyle that can involve all the family, linking with the International Diabetes Federation’s (IDF) theme of “The Family and Diabetes”.
Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death1 , with an estimated 425 million people worldwide estimated to have diabetes2 . Of these 425 million people, around 90% have type 2 diabetes;2 a condition where the body produces insulin but cannot use it properly.2 The IDF recognize diabetes overall as one of the largest global health emergencies of the 21st century.2
By 2040, 642 million are expected to develop diabetes, and most of these cases are expected to be type 2 diabetes.3 This means that many families are likely to be affected, so awareness of the signs, symptoms and risk factors is important to help detect it early and reduce an individual’s risk.4
Prevention is vital, as type 2 diabetes can lead to:
• Nerve damage, abnormal feelings or numbness2
• Foot problems – like sores and infections2
• Vision loss and blindness2
• Miscarriage and stillbirth2
• Kidney problems2
• Increased risk of stroke5
• Higher risk of a number of different types of cancer6
Type 2 diabetes can in some cases lead to long-term complications, including cardiovascular diseases.2 However, it is possible for those at risk to prevent the disease with certain lifestyle changes2 and seeing a healthcare professional.
Where to find out more
To find out if you or a family member are at risk of type 2 diabetes and to learn more you can download the See it. Slow it. Stop it. - The Healthway Code brochure below. It includes important information about diabetes and tips on how to live a healthier lifestyle.
Why are we doing this?
World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the IDF and World Health Organization to be a global driver to promote and raise awareness about diabetes. It is the largest diabetes campaign with a global audience of more than one billion people in more than 160 countries.[i]
Merck and the IDF signed a partnership agreement in November 2017 as we share the goal of promoting diabetes care and prevention worldwide, which is also why this campaign is important to us.
In connection to the World Diabetes Day, Merck’s See it. Slow it. Stop it. campaign is aiming to support the larger objective of raising awareness about diabetes and demonstrates our commitment to improving the lives of people living with or at risk of the condition.
See it. Recognize the symptoms
Slow it. Make changes in your life and reduce the symptoms
Stop it. Put a stop to being in the risk zone through a healthier lifestyle
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1. WHO. The top 10 causes of death. Available from: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs310/en/ Last accessed 2018.
2. IDF (2017). IDF Atlas. 8th edition.
3. Diabetes.co.uk. Diabetes Prevalence. Available from: https://www.diabetes.co.uk/diabetes-prevalence.html Last accessed July 2018.
4. IDF, World Diabetes Day. Available from: https://www.worlddiabetesday.org/about-wdd/wdd-2018-19.html Last accessed February 2019.
5. Diabetes.co.uk. Diabetes and stroke. Available from: https://www.diabetes.co.uk/diabetescomplications/diabetes-and-stroke.html Last accessed July 2018.
6. Diabetes.co.uk. Diabetes and cancer. Available from: https://www.diabetes.co.uk/diabetescomplications/diabetes-and-cancer.html. Last accessed July2018.
7. IDF.org. Available from: http://www.worlddiabetesday.org/about-wdd.html