World Diabetes Day: Protect Our Future

November 14, 2012

November is American Diabetes Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness of diabetes.

World Diabetes Day, sponsored by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), is celebrated annually on November 14th and is symbolized by a blue circle. The campaign aims to EDUCATE, ENGAGE and EMPOWER youth and the general public on diabetes. The 2012 World Diabetes Day (WDD) campaign marks the fourth year of the five-year focus on “diabetes education and prevention.”

The IDF states that “there is an urgent need to continue to widen the awareness of the factors responsible for the global diabetes and the solutions that are required to counter it.”

“The World Diabetes Day 2012 campaign will link the urgent need for action to the protection of the health of our future generations. Particular focus will be placed on highlighting the importance of education–for health professionals, people with diabetes and people at risk–in reducing the impact of diabetes throughout the world.”

The slogan chosen for the 2012 campaign is:


“The 2012 campaign will have a special focus on children and young people as the driving force for the promotion and dissemination of education and prevention messages that we hope will inspire and engage local communities to recognize the importance of early awareness of the risks and dangers of diabetes. The aim is to build awareness among children and young people of the warning signs and risk factors for diabetes and that in many cases type 2 diabetes can be prevented through healthy eating and physical activity.”

The three key messages of the campaign are:

  1. Access to essential education for everyone
  2. The way we live is putting our health at risk
  3. People with diabetes face stigma and discrimination

So today, wear blue or pin on your blue circle. Represent IDF’s mission to spread knowledge about diabetes and prevention.

To learn more about the 2012 WDD campaign, click here.

Read about last year’s World Diabetes Day here.


Act on Diabetes. Now.

November 14, 2011

Today is World Diabetes Day, a day of rememberance and a call to action. Started by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the Day is celebrated annually on November 14th to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, was instrumental in the discovery of insulin in 1922, a life-saving treatment for diabetes patients.

World Diabetes Day is dedicated to raising global awareness of diabetes, its escalating rates around the world and preventing the potentially devastating disease. The Blue Circle above symbolizes the mission, “unite for diabetes.” The slogan , “Act on Diabetes. Now.” urges us to take action sooner rather than later in order to prevent diabetes and/or its complications. It reminds me of a similar philosophy I learned from one of my mentors when I was on my path to becoming a dietitian, “Don’t wait until tomorrow for what can be done today.”

WHO estimates that more than 220 million people worldwide have diabetes. This number is likely to more than double by 2030 without intervention. Almost 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.

In 2010, over 900 monuments and buildings in 84 countries lit in blue on November 14th to raise awareness of diabetes and World Diabetes Day.

In 2011, IDF encourages us to use the blue lightings as the center for all World Diabetes Day-related activities and events, reinforcing the link between the color blue and diabetes, and strengthening recognition of the Blue Circle as the global symbol of diabetes.

To read more about World Diabetes Day, visit this website.

On a national level, the entire month of November has been proclaimed by the President to be National Diabetes Month. I urge you to take a few moments to read the moving presidential proclamation here.

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