World Diabetes Day


Diabetes is a chronic disease which has today affected millions of people across the world.  November 14th is recognized as World Diabetes Day and is meant to bring awareness to diabetes and the growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by the disease.

This year’s campaign focuses on the importance of affordable and equitable access for all women at risk of or living with diabetes to the essential diabetes medicines and technologies, self-management education, and services.  There are currently over 199 million women living with diabetes.  As the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, diabetes causes 2.1 million deaths each year.  Two out of every five women with diabetes are of reproductive age.  

Adopting a healthy lifestyle is key to improving the health and well-being of future generations.  In fact, up to 70% of cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented through the adoption of a healthy lifestyle.  

Though 2017’s World Diabetes Day campaign is focused on women, the message is important for everyone.  Today, 1 in 11 adults have diabetes.  By 2040, this number is projected to grow to 1 in 10.  46.5% of adults with diabetes are undiagnosed. 

Quincy Medical Group’s Nutrition Services team of three Dieticians and one RN, most of whom are Certified Diabetes Educators are available to help with the treatment and prevention of diabetes. The Nutrition Services team offers Diabetes Self-Management services designed to empower people with diabetes with the education, training, tools, and ongoing support needed to control diabetes and stay healthy.

Quincy Medical Group’s Endocrinology Department includes Dr. Sharon Harris, Dr. Dustin Higgins, and Nurse Practitioner Melissa Stembridge.   This highly trained team provides patients with the latest treatment options and support in maintaining their diabetes. 

For more information contact visit or contact Quincy Medical Group’s Endocrinology department at 217-222-6550, ext. 3443 or Nutrition Services department at ext. 3117.