Freeze | Diabetes Awareness

The United Nations has passed a resolution designating November 14 as World Diabetes Day. November 14 marks the birthday of Frederick Banting, the man who co-discovered insulin in 1922, alongside Charles Best.

The occasion is to raise awareness of diabetes, its prevention, complications, and care needed by those afflicted by the disease. With millions of people affected by diabetes, November 14 should not be the only day for people to be aware of it.

Diabetes is a chronic condition associated with abnormally high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that lowers blood glucose. Absence or insufficient production of insulin, or an inability of the body to properly use insulin causes diabetes.

More than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to a report released on July 18, 2017, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report finds that as of 2015, 30.3 million Americans – 9.4 percent of the U.S. population – have diabetes.

In the Philippines, at least six million Filipinos have been diagnosed with diabetes. Dr. Augusto Litonjua, president of the Philippine Center for Diabetes Education Foundation, warned that this figure could double to 12 million or even more by 2040 because of undiagnosed diabetes cases


According to a report on, Litonjua cited employees working in the call center and the business process outsourcing industry, who work at night and are asleep during the day, as vulnerable. The endocrinologist explained that this reverse habit fractures the body’s diurnal rhythm or the body’s sleep-wake cycles, which causes the body to suffer a lot of stress. He warned that stress is one of the factors that precipitate diabetes miletus.

Shawn Stevenson, bestselling Sleep Smarter author and creator of The Model Health Show, has been the importance of sleep for staying in shape. He explains why sleep is more important than diet during his guest appearance on Tom Bilyeu’s YouTube channel

Sleep may be more important than diet, according to Shawn Stevenson

Sleep may be more important than diet, according to Shawn Stevenson

The common idea on what causes diabetes is excessive sugar intake. But genetics, stress, and a sedentary lifestyle may also contribute to the condition.

The human body needs sugar – or foods that get converted into sugar – to function. Sugar comes naturally from fruits, plant juices, some root vegetables, cane sugar, honey, and galactose from milk and yogurt. All eaten carbohydrates become glucose during digestion.

Excessive intake of sugary drinks and food may lead to disease

Excessive intake of sugary drinks and food may lead to disease

Added sugars are sugars and syrups that are added to foods and beverages when they are processed. Regular soft drinks, energy drinks, and sports drinks are major food and beverage sources of added sugars. The American Heart Association recommends no more than six teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugar per day for women and nine teaspoons (38 grams) for men. Children should be eating a lot less added sugar than adults (between three to six teaspoons) depending on age and caloric needs. The average American has been said to consume 19.5 teaspoons (82 grams) of added sugar every day.

Filipinos also consume a lot of sugar. According to FAOSTAT (Food and Agriculture Organization Corporate Statistical Database), sugar consumption per capita reached 19.3 kg in 2013 in the Philippines – with an all time high of 26.6 kg in 1996 and an all time low of 11.4 kg in 1962.

According to, common warnings signs of diabetes include:

  • Increased thirst.
  • Increased hunger (especially after eating)
  • Dry mouth.
  • Frequent urination or urine infections.
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)
  • Blurred vision.
  • Headaches

Consulting a doctor, proper diet, sleep, and exercise are prudent steps to take in the fight against diabetes. Practically all organs of the body can be damaged by diabetes.

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