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World Diabetes Day

Join us in raising awareness for World Diabetes Day - take the pledge to live a healthier life and spread the word!
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Get excited for World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14! This day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization to raise global awareness of diabetes. Since then, it has been celebrated on November 14 each year as a way to bring together communities from around the world to share stories, experiences and knowledge about the disease. It's an opportunity for people with diabetes or those at risk of getting it to come together in solidarity and support one another.

History of World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day Dates

World Diabetes Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1921</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Discovery of Insulin</div><div class='timeline-text'>Canadian scientists Frederick Banting and Charles Best discover insulin, a breakthrough in the treatment of diabetes.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1991</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of World Diabetes Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>World Diabetes Day was created by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization to raise global awareness of diabetes.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2006</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Official UN Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>The United Nations officially recognized World Diabetes Day, giving it a global platform to spread awareness and advocacy on diabetes.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Diabetes Plan</div><div class='timeline-text'>The World Health Organization and International Diabetes Federation launched a Global Diabetes Plan to combat the rise in diabetes worldwide.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2017</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Women and Diabetes</div><div class='timeline-text'>World Diabetes Day focused on 'Women and diabetes', highlighting the importance of access to affordable insulin for all women at risk of or living with diabetes.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2019</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Family and Diabetes</div><div class='timeline-text'>The theme of World Diabetes Day was 'Family and Diabetes', stressing the impacts of diabetes on family dynamics and the importance of family support.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Diabetes Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Learn about diabetes</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take some time on World Diabetes Day to learn more about the condition. Read up on the latest research and ways to manage diabetes, and talk to a doctor or a dietitian if you have questions.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Focus on healthy eating</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>As part of managing diabetes, focus on making healthier food choices. Eating fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats can help keep blood sugar levels in check while also providing essential nutrients.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Plan an active day</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Physical activity is key for managing diabetes and preventing complications. Plan an active day with family or friends – take a walk in the park, go for a swim, or play a game of basketball.</p></div></div>

Why World Diabetes Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Raises awareness of diabetes</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Diabetes Day is a reminder to the global community of the importance of raising awareness and understanding about diabetes. It is an opportunity to reflect on the progress made in prevention, diagnosis and management of this chronic disease, and bring attention to the very real challenges that individuals with diabetes face everyday.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Encourages preventative measures</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Evidence shows that lifestyle modifications are key to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. World Diabetes Day can be used as a platform for promoting these preventative measures such as healthy eating habits, regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Supports those living with diabetes</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Nobody should have to live with type 1 or type 2 diabetes alone. World Diabetes Day offers a chance to build support networks and address stigma in our communities associated with diabetes. This day also highlights the need for cost effective care that promotes self-management amongst individuals, and strengthens health systems worldwide.</p></div></div>

Dive Into Diabetes: 5 Unbelievable Facts

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Diabetes is On the Rise Globally</h3><p class='facts-content'>According to the World Health Organization, about 422 million people worldwide have diabetes, with the majority living in low- and middle-income countries, and 1.6 million deaths are directly attributed to diabetes each year.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Type 1 Diabetes Can't Be Prevented</h3><p class='facts-content'>Unlike type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes can’t be prevented as it's typically caused by an autoimmune reaction where the body’s defense system attacks the cells that produce insulin.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Insulin is Not a Cure</h3><p class='facts-content'>While insulin helps people with diabetes manage their blood sugar levels, it isn't a cure. Neither type of diabetes is curable yet, but both types can be managed.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Children Can Have Diabetes Too</h3><p class='facts-content'>Type 1 diabetes isn’t just an “adult problem.” It's also one of the most common chronic diseases in children and can appear at any age.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Diet Alone Cannot Cure Diabetes</h3><p class='facts-content'>Although a healthy diet helps manage the symptoms of diabetes, it is not alone enough as the type, and the quantity of medication, lifestyle changes, and regular check-ups with healthcare providers should also implemented.</p></div></div>

World Diabetes Day FAQs

When is World Diabetes Day?

World Diabetes Day is celebrated on November 14 every year. In 2024 World Diabetes Day will occur on a Thursday.

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