World Diabetes Day
14 November 2016
DIABETES LEADING CAUSE OF BLINDNESS – TAKE CONTROL NOW
Monday, November 14 was World Diabetes Day, and was marked around the globe with the international theme Eyes on Diabetes.
Everyone who has diabetes is at risk of complications from the condition that can lead to blindness, amongst other serious issues.
“Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness – the International Diabetes Federation estimates one in three people with diabetes have some stage of diabetic retinopathy,” CEO of Diabetes New Zealand and Acting General Manager of Diabete NZ Auckland Branch Steve Crew says.
“With up to 260,000 people on the Virtual Diabetes Register, that would equate to nearly 90,000 people in New Zealand.
“Those with diabetes can reduce the risk of diabetic retinopathy and other complications by leading a healthy lifestyle, and having regular check-ups, including eye health checks every two years.”
For the full media release from Diabetes NZ see their website.
For more information on the global Eyes on Diabetes campagin see the International Diabetes Federation website.
World Diabetes Day 2016 in Auckland
On Monday 14 November a group of staff from the Onehunga Office hit the road and visited loads of ‘EYE-CONIC’ sites to take photos for social media and spread awareness of Diabetes Day.