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To: The World Health Organization
Routine Blood Glucose Testing For All
Make Blood Glucose testing standard with every medical visit.
Why is this important?
Diabetes is a disease that currently affects 425 million people worldwide - and HALF do not even know they have the disease, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).
There are different types of Diabetes, but the main two are Type 2 (95%) and Type 1 Diabetes (5%).
(You can read up on the difference between the two here: https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/guide/types-of-diabetes )
Early diagnosis can be accomplished through relatively inexpensive testing of blood sugar - so why are both children and adults worldwide still dying of Diabetic Ketoacidosis?
(Diabetic Ketoacidosis is a life threatening complication of Diabetes that occurs when your body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones. The condition develops when your body can't produce enough insulin, and can result in swelling of the brain, coma, and death.
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If medical professionals administered a simple finger prick as standard at every and any medical appointment, early detection could prevent these deaths.
Routine Blood Glucose Checks should be as common as taking a patient's temperature or blood pressure, especially since half of all Diabetics remain undiagnosed and Diabetes in general is still rising globally (Estimated 620 million people by 2040).