Wear blue for diabetes on November 11
Diabetes Gibraltar is encouraging the public to wear blue on November 11 in a bid to raise awareness for diabetes day.
Diabetes Gibraltar wants to help prevent the next generation of potential Type 2 Diabetes sufferers by raising awareness of Gibraltar’s “huge problem”, by educating and supporting any initiative which might lead to a healthier future.
The charity said the Type 2 Diabetes is a serious problem locally as Gibraltar has the highest incidence per capita in Europe.
“10% of our adult population compared with 7% [on average],” Diabetes Gibraltar said.
There are over 3000 adults living with Type 2 Diabetes locally.
“This is a statistic that we can’t be proud of because Type 2 Diabetes is a largely lifestyle condition which can bring many medical serious complications, shorten life and in many cases can be prevented,” the charity said.
“Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune condition usually diagnosed in childhood. It is for life and has no cure.”
“No one yet knows what causes it and in Gibraltar we have a total of 278 Type 1’s, of which between 20 and 25 are aged under 18 at any given time.”
The charity hopes the public will join in raising awareness and #WearBlueForDiabetesDay on Friday, November 11 and raise some funds.
Those participating in the event are encourage to send their photos to Diabetes Gibraltar and share them on their Facebook group.
Diabetes Gibraltar will be holding its annual Awareness Day on Saturday, November 12 opposite the Cathedral of St Mary the Crowned from 10am to 2pm.
The theme from the International Diabetes Federation this year is Education. Empowering diabetics to understand their condition and make great choices to stay healthy.
Donations are be made via bank transfer:
Gibraltar International Bank,
Sort Code 60-83-14,
Account No 00490001