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Every year World Diabetes Day is celebrated on the 14th November, and is an official United Nations Day. There are events on all over the world on this day, and in conjunction with the Adelaide City Council, the Diabetes Foundation will have a happening in Victoria Square, in Adelaide City.
This year marks the start of a three year campaign to raise awareness internationally, of the real importance of healthy eating in both managing diabetes and in keeping type 2 diabetes at bay. Recently I have come across people who have been diagnosed with a pre-diabetic condition and have had to go on a special diet.
One developed gestational diabetes in her pregnancy which was quite a scare, as it could have stayed with her for life, but with a very strict diet during the pregnancy she is now doing better, but needs to manage her diet carefully. The prevalence for diabetes increases with age, and as we are an ageing nation, these will be a huge increase in years to come if we don't take more care with our diet. 2013 statistics show 3.61 million people in Australia now have diabetes or pre-diabetes. But there is something you can do to prevent type 2 diabetes, so if you would like to know more come along to the celebration and ask some questions.
This year's events will be held in Victoria Square from 8am to 2pm, and are free for anyone, regardless of whether you have diabetes or not. There will be information on all types of diabetes for those who want to prevent this disease or perhaps you have been recently diagnosed and want to know more. There will be lots of fun also with celebrity chefs providing some healthy breakfast demonstrations from 12 to 1pm and also some giveaways and special appearances. There are even free smoothies on offer and free fruit and vegetable give aways.
Come early before work for your own healthy breakfast or pop over during your lunch break. If in the city that day, walk to the square and have a look at the activities. If you haven't yet been to see the newly completed Victoria Square then it's a good reason to come and enjoy the new area.