The La Salle University (LSU) joined 111 countries in celebrating the World Diabetes Day 2017 spearheaded by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) on November 17.
Students from the different LSU colleges wore something blue for diabetes awareness. Lasallians gathered at the Arts Center for Diabetes Health Teaching conducted by the Nursing students.
An IDF report claimed that there are 199 million women living with diabetes. The number is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040. Two out of five women with diabetes are of reproductive age, accounting for over 60 million women worldwide. This is the reason diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths per year.
It has also been noted that one in every seven births is affected by Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM).
As part of the advocacy campaign of IDF, students, administrators, faculty and staff formed a huge circle holding a blue balloon for the official photo to be submitted to the IDF campaign. (Rio de Barras, LSU)