World Diabetes Day 2011

by Laura Kronen on November 14, 2011

World Diabetes Day 2011

World Diabetes Day was launched unofficially in the mid-1980s by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), and then was crystalized in 2007 when a UN Resolution was passed, acknowledging diabetes as a global epidemic and crisis. It is the only noncommunicable disease to be recognized with a UN Resolution, so November 14th is a big deal!

That’s right, today is World Diabetes Day.  The World Diabetes Day campaign calls on everyone to understand diabetes and take control.

For people with diabetes, the campaign slogan is a message about empowerment through education. For governments, it is a call to implement effective strategies and policies for the prevention and management of diabetes. For healthcare professionals, it is a call to improve knowledge so that evidence-based recommendations are put into practice. For the general public, it is a call to understand the serious impact of diabetes and know, where possible, how to avoid or delay diabetes and its complications.

November 14th marks the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922. Without it, all of us diabetics would have an extremely short and painful life.  Sound dramatic?  Well it is!  There are over 350 million people in the world with diabetes – and it’s past time to bring this pandemic the attention it deserves!

Please join me in spreading this important message!


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