World #Diabetes Day – Get Your Eyes Checked!

2016-09-19_02-18-25Today is World Diabetes Day, and for those of you who have read through my work, I suspect that King David was a diabetic and died of diabetic heart disease. (Read more here.) His could have been caused by good living, poor nutrition as an infant, or it may have just been one of those things… Whatever it was, I would like to use this post to encourage you to check your health!

The theme of World Diabetes Day 2016 is Eyes on Diabetes. If you have diabetes, you need to get your eyes checked. “Early detection and timely treatment of diabetic retinopathy can prevent vision loss and reduce the impact of diabetes on individuals, their carers and society. Careful management of diabetes and screening for diabetic eye disease can help prevent visual impairment and blindness.”

The International Diabetes Federation tells us that:

  • Diabetes is a huge and growing burden: 415 million adults were living with diabetes in 2015 and this number is expected to increase to around 642 million or one in ten adults by 2040.1
  • One in two adults with diabetes is undiagnosed.
  • Many people live with type 2 diabetes for a long period of time without being aware of their condition. By the time of diagnosis, diabetes complications may already be present.
  • Up to 70% of type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented or delayed by adopting healthier lifestyles, equivalent to up to 160 million cases by 2040.
  • With increasing levels of poor nutrition and physical inactivity among children in many countries, type 2 diabetes in childhood has the potential to become a global public health issue leading to serious health outcomes.
  • 12% of total global expenditure on health is currently spent on adults with diabetes.
  • The number of people with diabetes in low- and middle-income countries will continue to grow, posing a threat to sustainable development. For example by 2040, the number of people with diabetes in Africa is expected to double.

15875174_sThe Better Health Channel says: Some types of diabetes have no symptoms, and can go undiagnosed for a long time, but some common symptoms can include:

  • being more thirsty than usual;
  • passing more urine;
  • feeling tired and lethargic; (2 Samuel 21:15-17, Psalm 6:2, Psalm 31:9 and 38:10)
  • slow-healing wounds; (Psalm 31 and 38, causing people to avoid him. Psalm 38 mentions infection.)
  • itching and skin infections, particularly around the genitals; (Psalm 38:7)
  • blurred vision; (Mentioned in Psalm 38)
  • nausea and vomiting; (This could, perhaps, explain his being bent over in pain.)
  • weight loss; (Psalm 31:9 and 102:5 which is also an unmarked Psalm of David whose wording matches Psalm 6.)
  • mood swings. (These could have accompanied diabetic heart disease and his mood is obvious in Psalms 6, 41, 30, 31, 38, 55.)