World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (November 14) has grown from humble beginnings to become a globally-celebrated event which increases awareness about diabetes.

 World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization in response to the dramatic increase of diabetes around the world.

 It is held every year on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922. As the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign, it has reached a global audience of over 1 billion individuals in more than 160 countries. It is aimed at keeping diabetes in the public and political spotlight, promoting IDF advocacy efforts throughout the year, and eradicating diabetes as a serious global health problem. The campaign is introduced by a blue circle logo that was adopted in 2007 and highlights the unity of the global diabetes community for treating this disease.

Each World Diabetes Day typically focuses on a special theme related to diabetes; while type-2 diabetes can be mostly treated but is unfortunately increasing in numbers worldwide, type-1 diabetes is not usually preventable but can be controlled with insulin injections. The topics included so far are diabetes and human rights, diabetes and lifestyle, and diabetes in children and adults.