On November 14 the United Nations Organization is observing World Diabetes Day, the goal of which is to work so that people with diabetes everywhere get the care and treatment they deserve.

On this occasion the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has issued the statement, noting that just two months ago, the United Nations General Assembly held its first-ever High-level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases, producing a Political Declaration establishing one of the commitments to make it possible for more people to get quality medicines for diagnosing and treating diabetes by the year 2013.

«World Diabetes Day is an opportunity to raise awareness and to show people living with diabetes that the international community stands with them in their struggle,- the UN Secretary General continues,-  This is especially important for the 277 million people with diabetes who live in developing countries.  Too often, the disease hits the poorest especially hard, leading to heart attacks, strokes, blindness, limb amputations, kidney failure and premature death».

In his statement Mr. Ban Ki-moon has also called on Governments and pharmaceutical companies to give real meaning to our commemorations by developing joint strategies to make essential medicines more available and affordable in developing countries, especially for the poorest people who need them.

Ukraine has registered over 1 million people with diabetes, among them - about 200 thousand insulin-dependent. Diabetes is an incurable, lifelong disease, and in case of diabetes type 1 its development cannot be neither predicted nor prevented. But in many cases of diabetes type 2 this disease can be prevented. It is therefore crucial to have a comprehensive awareness of the symptoms of diabetes, how to prevent or delay development of diabetes or its complications.

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