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Sandoz Recognizes World Diabetes Day

November 14, 2013
November 14 is World Diabetes Day, held each year by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to raise global awareness about the fight against diabetes mellitus. World Diabetes Day was founded in 1991 by the IDF and World Health Organization in response to the alarming rise of diabetes around the world.

More than 370 million people around the world have diabetes, but half the people who have the disease don’t know it. And since people can help prevent the development of diabetes through lifestyle choices, awareness of the disease is extremely important.

At present, type 1 diabetes (which used to be called juvenile-onset diabetes) cannot be prevented, but there is a lot of evidence that lifestyle changes can help prevent the development of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes (which used to be called adult-onset diabetes) accounts for at least 90% of all cases of the disease. It is characterized by insulin resistance and relative insulin deficiency. The diagnosis of type 2 diabetes can occur at any age.

Obesity, particularly abdominal obesity, is linked to the development of type 2 diabetes. Weight loss improves insulin resistance and reduces hypertension. Therefore, a nutritious diet and physical activity are lifestyle changes recommended in the prevention of diabetes. Smoking cessation and stress reduction are other ways to help reduce the risk factors for diabetes.

Sandoz has several drugs for the treatment of diabetes, including some introduced this year. Ask your doctor for the appropriate medication.

Many of the pillars of the Novartis Be Healthy Program -- such as encouraging associates to exercise regularly, make healthy food choices, and reduce stress at work -- are in line with the lifestyle choices that help prevent diabetes.

For more information, go to: http://www.idf.org/worlddiabetesday