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2014 World Diabetes Day Messages:
One: Investing in a healthy breakfast will reduce the global burden of diabetes, and save billions in lost productivity and healthcare costs.
Two: Ensure access to an affordable and healthy breakfast is essential to reducing the global burden of diabetes.
|Source: World Diabetes Day www.idf.org|Over 70% of type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented or delayed by adopting healthier lifestyles, equivalent to up to 150 million cases by 2035. Eating a healthy breakfast decreases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A healthy diet containing leafy vegetables, fresh fruit, whole grains, lean meat, fish and nuts can help reduce a person's risk of type 2 diabetes and avoid complications in people with diabetes. Skipping breakfast is associated with weight gain, one of the main risk factors for type 2 diabetes. Overweight and obesity account for up to 80% of new cases of type 2 diabetes. Reducing the prevalence of type 2 diabetes will result in an increased participation and productivity in the workforce, given that the greatest number of people with diabetes are between 40 and 59 years of age.
International Diabetes Federation: Blue circle
The blue circle is the universal symbol for diabetes. Until 2006, there was no global symbol for diabetes. The purpose of the symbol is to give diabetes a common identity. It aims to:
- Support all existing efforts to raise awareness about diabetes
- Inspire new activities, bring diabetes to the attention of the general public
- Brand diabetes
- Provide a means to show support for the fight against diabetes