World Diabetes Day

Happy World Diabetes Day, fellow diabetics! It’s not something really to celebrate but during Diabetes Awareness Month, it helps bring awareness of this disease worldwide every year.

What is World Diabetes Day?

It was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the threat posed by diabetes. In 2006, World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day. It is marked every year on November 14th, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin alongside Charles Best in 1922.

The theme for World Diabetes Day 2020 is The Nurse and Diabetes.

How ‘worldwide’ is World Diabetes Day?

It is the largest diabetes awareness campaign in the world reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. That’s astounding!

How can I recognize World Diabetes Day campaigns in my area?

Look for the blue circle logo. This logo was adopted by the campaign in 2007 after the passage of the UN Resolution on diabetes. The blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes awareness. It signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes epidemic.

For more information about World Diabetes Day 2020, you can download this .PDF:

I encourage you to find out more about World Diabetes Day and make every day in your community a day of awareness about diabetes. The International Diabetes Federation has many resources and information about diabetes whether you’re here in America or around the world. Don’t let diabetes become bigger than it’s already gotten, once we’re aware of the dangers and the ways we can prevent it, we win. Be safe out there and tell a nurse how much you appreciate them.

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