The theme for 2016 is 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, a hormone that regulates blood sugar, gives us the energy that we need to live. If it cannot get into the cells to be burned as energy, sugar builds up to harmful levels in the blood.
Type 2 diabetes is the most frequent form of diabetes, comprising about 90% of diabetes cases. This type of diabetes is associated with risk factors including overweight and obesity, unhealthy eating habits and lack of physical activity. Optimal control of diabetes can reduce the occurrence of complications.
To echo World Health Day 2016, the Department of Health is running a publicity and public education campaign, launched in April 2016, with various bureau/government departments and supporting organisations to raise awareness of the general public about the prevention and management of diabetes.