Thursday April 7th is known as World Health Day. This is a global day dedicated to raising health awareness that was put into place by the World Health Organization during the first World Health Assembly in 1948. The World Health Organization is a collection of over 7000 people working in 150 different countries, to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations’ system.
World Health Day 2016 and Fighting Diabetes
World Health Day in 2016 is dedicating to calling action to halt the rise in diabetes as well as improve care for those who have diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar (5). Raised blood sugar (commonly referred to as Hyperglycemia), is a common effect of uncontrolled diabetes and over time can lead to serious damage to many of the body's systems, especially the nerves and blood vessels.
There are two types of Diabetes:
- Type 1 Diabetes: This occurs when a person’s body is unable to efficiently and sufficiently produce enough insulin, which makes that person reliant on insulin being administered daily (often through injections).
- Type 2 Diabetes: This occurs when the body is not able to effectively use the insulin produced. Type 2 Diabetes is often caused by excess body weight and physical inactivity.
Everyone has likely heard of diabetes and most people probably know someone with diabetes, but here are some facts about this disease:
- In 2014, nearly 422 million people were living with diabetes. This is compared to 108 million in 1980.
- In 2014, more than 1 in 3 adults over 18 years of age were overweight and more than 1 in 10 were obese – risk factors for diabetes.
- Diabetes, if not controlled, can lead to health complications such as heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, lower limb amputation, and blindness.
- In 2012, 1.2 million deaths can be attributed to diabetes. In addition, high blood-glucose levels caused an additional 2.2 million deaths due to heart disease as well as other diseases.
For those currently suffering from diabetes, this condition can be managed through the following:
- Taking medicine to control diabetes (as prescribed by your healthcare provider)
- Maintain a healthy diet
- Exercise often
- Avoid the use of tobacco
Prevention is also key in winning the war against diabetes. Here are some things everyone can do:
- Increased awareness about diabetes
- Patient intervention for those with diabetes (or at risk of diabetes)
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle (to avoid the onset of diabetes) – including proper diet and regular exercise
- Regular screenings for early detection and treatment for those who may experience complications
Dorsey Schools is not only committed to helping train the healthcare professionals of tomorrow, but also raising awareness to important health related issues. We invite everyone on this World Health Day to become more aware about Diabetes!
The Medical Training Programs at Dorsey Schools
Dorsey Schools is a respected and committed post-secondary institution dedicated to providing its students with quality career training. Dorsey offers a variety of Medical Training programs for those looking to pursue new careers in the healthcare field.
The Medical Training Programs offered at Dorsey Schools include:
- Medical Assistant
- Medical Administration and Billing
- Patient Care Technician
- Enhanced Nurse Aide
- Dialysis Patient Care Technician
- Pharmacy Technician
- Massage Therapy
While specific program offerings will vary from campus to campus, the following Dorsey Schools locations have Medical Training Programs available:
- Dearborn, MI
- Lansing, MI
- Madison Heights, MI
- Roseville, MI
- Saginaw, MI
- Southgate, MI
- Waterford-Pontiac, MI
- Wayne, MI
If you’re interested in training for a new career and would like to learn more about the Medical Training programs at Dorsey Schools, you can give us a call at 888-422-1188 or request info online.
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the programs, and other important information, please visit www.dorsey.edu/disclosures.