Introduction

Diabetes is currently becoming a common problem in developing countries, at a time when the burden of diabetes is rising very quickly in wealthier countries. Chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases are by far the leading causes of mortality in the world, representing 60% of all deaths.

Chronic diseases are those that develop slowly, get progressively worse unless they are treated effectively, and cause long-term health problems.

In this study session you will learn about diabetes, the parts of the body involved, and the signs and symptoms that will allow you to recognise if someone in your community is suffering from the disease. You will also learn how to recognise the different types of diabetes and their risk factors, as well as how to educate the community to reduce these risks.

Last modified: Thursday, 3 July 2014, 7:02 PM