World Diabetes Day – November 14th

by Laura Kronen on November 13, 2014

diabetes blue circle

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14. Millions of people worldwide will spread the word in diabetes advocacy and awareness, including myself through my social media channels and coaching.

World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization and became an official United Nations Day in 2007. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public spotlight.

The reason the day itself is celebrated on November 14, is to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1921. Thank you gentlemen! The World Diabetes Day logo is the blue circle – the global symbol for diabetes which was developed as part of the Unite for Diabetes awareness campaign.

The logo was adopted in 2007 to mark the passage of the United Nations World Diabetes Day Resolution. The significance of the blue circle symbol is overwhelmingly positive. Across cultures, the circle symbolizes life and health. The colour blue reflects the sky that unites all nations and is the color of the United Nations flag. The blue circle signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes pandemic.

Now, share this article, spread the word, and keep testing your blood sugars!


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