Today is World Diabetes Day, a day on which we spread awareness of this growing threat to our nation’s overall health. In 2007, Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day. The goal is to educate the public on lifestyle changes to optimize prevention. Each year on November 14th, the International Diabetes Federation chooses a theme that addresses an issue facing the diabetes community. The date was chosen to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting, of one of the two individuals who conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin back in 1922.
This year is the third out of five in which the theme of the event is Education and Prevention. Other themes have been Diabetes and Foot Care, Diabetes in the Disadvantaged and the Vulnerable, and Diabetes in Children and Adolescents. World Diabetes Day is celebrated worldwide by over 160 countries and territories (all members of the UN), as well as by other organizations and companies, and those living with the disease (and their families). The International Diabetes Federation marks this event by hosting activities to raise awareness in the community such as:
- Sporting events
- Free diabetes screenings
- Public information meetings
- Press conferences
- Newspaper and magazine articles
- Events for children
- Monument lightings
- Human blue circles
- Cyle races
- Radio and TV programs
The logo of this massive event is the blue circle, which was adopted back in 2007. Across the world, the circle is a symbol for life and health, and the color blue reflects the sky that unites all nations (and is also the color of the UN Flag). This symbol signifies the unity of the diabetes community across the globe. Below, you can see how various cultures celebrate the holiday:
UN’s Blue Circle
So in honor of World Diabetes Day, please take a moment to help spread awareness of this disease. It is our hope that this awareness will lead to more resources to fight the causes of diabetes and help fund research for better treatment options.
For more information on the disease or on World Diabetes Day, please visit http://www.IDF.org/WorldDiabetesDay