The theme of World Diabetes Day 2016 – November 14 – is ‘Eyes on Diabetes’.
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has estimated that globally as many as 193 million people, or close to half of all adults currently living with diabetes, are unaware of their disease. Most of these cases are type 2 diabetes. The earlier a person is diagnosed, the earlier treatment can be initiated to reduce the risk of harmful and costly complications.
World Diabetes Day (WDD) 2016 is placing particular focus on the urgent need to screen for type 2 diabetes to modify its course and reduce the risk of complications and the importance of screening for diabetes complications as an essential part of managing all types of diabetes.
Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most devastating complications of diabetes. Of the 415 million adults worldwide living with diabetes in 2015, over one-third will develop some form of diabetic retinopathy which can lead to vision impairment and blindness. Careful management of diabetes and timely screening for diabetic eye disease can help prevent visual impairment and blindness.
To highlight and support the 2016 campaign’s key messages, IDF has launched the #Test2Prevent initiative, a call to action to help identify people with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes and those at risk of developing it in future. The goal is to achieve 1 million individual screenings recorded on the World Diabetes Day website during the month of November. An online diabetes risk assessment is available to help individuals learn about their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.