WDD theme: Family and Diabetes
International Diabetes Federation (IDF) had announced the WDD theme as Family and
Diabetes. It is an attempt from IDF to create awareness among people the role of
family in the management, care, prevention and education of diabetes. Lack of knowledge
about diabetes points to the fact that identifying the warning signs is not just
a problem with the individual but is an issue impacting a cross-section of society.
The findings underlined the need for education and awareness to help people spot
the diabetes warning signs early. Families were urged to learn more about the warning
signs of diabetes and find out their risk of type 2 diabetes.
Research conducted by IDF in 2018 discovered that parents would struggle to spot
this serious life-long condition in their children. Despite the majority of people
surveyed having a family member with diabetes, alarming four-in-five parents would
have trouble recognizing the warning signs. One-in-three wouldn’t spot them at all.
These findings form the base for IDF’s WDD theme Family and Diabetes.