World Diabetes Day
This day is significant because more than 10% of Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes can lead to many dangerous health problems. Awareness is key to reducing these issues.
Diabetes Day is a day that encourages conversations about health, wellness, and prevention of disease.
World Diabetes Day was established in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), and the World Health Organization. Due to an increase in Diabetes cases worldwide, it was decided to designate a day of each year to raise awareness about Diabetes and related health concerns and possible causes.
This day was chosen because it was Sir Frederick Banting’s birthday. He was the Canadian medical scientist who discovered insulin along with Charles Best and was the first to use it for human benefit. Banting was born in 1891, and he didn’t live to 50. However, his contributions to science and medicine have been revolutionary for millions around the globe.
In 2006, World Diabetes Day was made an official United Nations Day. This gave it more credibility and support. World Diabetes Day today is an international event that affects more than 1,000,000 people in 160 countries.
The campaign was first represented by the blue circle logo in 2007. It is now the official symbol of Diabetes Awareness.
Each year, World Diabetes Day’s theme changes. The theme of World Diabetes Day between 2009 and 2013 was Education and Prevention. In the past, such themes were used to link to issues like human rights, lifestyles, obesity, the disadvantaged, vulnerable, and children/teenagers. “Access to Care” is the 2021-2023 theme.
It’s time for you to connect with other ways to observe World Diabetes Day
Participating in World Diabetes Day is an honorable effort that connects millions across the globe.
There are many events that mark the day around the globe, including lectures and conferences, sports events and leaflet/poster campaigns.
The World Diabetes Day website may be a good place for information and accessing global events.
You can also find other information on events through governmental, national, and local resources that are specific to a particular location.
Blue is the chosen color to support the search for a cure. This is in keeping with the symbol of a blue circle. “Going Blue” is a worldwide event that celebrates the day. People wear blue ribbons and clothes to show their support and to create conversations. To help spread awareness, blue lights are used to illuminate landmarks and monuments all over the globe.
The most important response to World Diabetes Day is to make an effort to stay healthy. First, visit a doctor or clinic to get a screening. Some pharmacies offer free diabetes screenings. Other hospitals provide free blood sugar tests.
Diabetes prevention is best achieved through a healthy and active lifestyle. Find information online to learn how you can do this. These are the top facts about diabetes prevention: