Saturday, November 14 is World Diabetes Day. The largest Diabetes awareness day of the year, drawing an audience of 1 billion people in over 160 countries. This day brings attention to the paramount issues related to diabetes and puts them under public and political spotlights.
*The World Diabetes Day campaign aims to be the:
- Platform to promote the International Diabetes Federation's advocacy efforts throughout the year.
- Global driver to promote the importance of taking coordinated and concerted actions to confront diabetes as a critical global health issue.
This day started in 1991 and is celebrated each year on November 14 - the birthday of Sir Fredrick Banting who co-discovered insulin with Charles Best in 1922.
The day is marked by a blue circle, the global symbol for diabetes awareness, which signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes epidemic.
The WDD theme for 2020 is “The Nurse and Diabetes." This theme is intended to raise awareness of the critical role a nurse plays in supporting people living with diabetes, particularly in areas of education, early diagnoses and prevention of diabetes-related complications.
Here are ways to show your support this November 14. The International Diabetes Federation encourages you to participate in one of the following activities to raise awareness for diabetes.
- Organize a diabetes information session in your community.
Wear blue when you exercise or join the Global Diabetes Walk.
Help others learn their potential risk for Type-2 Diabetes by sharing this online risk assessment quiz.
- Organize a themed activity at your workplace.
- Organize, support or visit a local diabetes fair.