World Diabetes Day 2014 – Act Today to Change Tomorrow

Friday November 14, 2014 is World Diabetes Day. This year’s campaign is the start of a three-year focus on healthy living and diabetes. Look at these facts:

2014 = an estimated 382 million people living with diabetes worldwide. Plus 316 million at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes

2035 = an estimated 592 million people. That’s one person in ten.

This is a pandemic of giant proportions and what makes it more threatening is that throughout much of the world diabetes remains hidden – with up to half of all people with diabetes globally being undiagnosed.

Most cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented and the serious complications of the disease avoided by following a healthy lifestyle.

The campaign has key messages on possible lifestyle choices and taking informed decisions on healthy choices.

I think that in the developing world we have serious problems with access to appropriate health care, arising from poor governance, the burden of poverty and the dissemination of relevant health information. The is definitely true in South Africa today.

I will be supporting this initiative from the point of view of the role of the podiatrist in developing and implementing appropriate strategies for the prevention of diabetic foot complications, such as foot ulcers and amputations.


Andrew has taught at the University as well as providing podiatry services in South Africa since 1977. Twice chair of the Podiatry Association of South Africa and a commentator on care of your feet on both radio and television he now works in private practice in Cape Town and Hout Bay.

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