martes, 13 de noviembre de 2012

World Diabetes Day: 14th November

Do you know how to pronounce the word "diabetes" in English? Click here. Now you are ready to keep on reading.

I bet some of you didn´t know how to pronounce it just as I presume that most of you just know that this is a lifelong disease in which there are high levels of sugar in the blood; click here to learn more.

Since Diabetes Day is celebrated on November 14th all over the world, here´s quite a explicit video about  the problems that it can bring along. Why was this date chosen? Frederick Banting, one of the scientists that worked to discover insulin, was born on such a day - as you probably know insulin (check its pronunciation here) is the treatment that helps diabetes patients and very often saves their lives.

There are two types of diabetes and since we live in a world where celebrities are so powerful, all of us might be a little bit more aware of the disease if they were willing to tell us about their suffering - click here. That is what happened to me when I learnt that one of my favourite singers, Ella Fitzgerald , had had both her legs amputated below her knees because of this disease. For those of you who have no idea who she was, here´s a video of hers as she pays a tribute to music in general- but the way, notice the mistake in the title of the song...

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