World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14. Millions of people worldwide will spread diabetes awareness and advocacy, including myself through my social media channels and coaching. Every year I see an increased display of diabetes, and being a Type 1 for the past 22 years, I feel proud to be a part of such a strong group of men, women and children. I know what it takes to struggle with this disease every day and I have the utmost respect for all of the fighters.
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. Creating awareness is essential to the disease. Not only for screening for earlier diagnosis, better care options and fundraising, but also for educating non-diabetics as to what living with diabetes is really like. No matter how much I try to explain it, there isn’t a person in the world who really gets the day to day challenges. That is one of the reasons I wrote the book, Too Sweet: The Not-So-Serious Side to Diabetes. It was my mission to explain diabetes in easily digestible bits of information while entertaining readers at the same time. It’s a sneak peek into what living with diabetes is really about.
The reason World Diabetes 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 color 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.
Lets do all we can to spread the word this November! Shout it from the roof tops! Wear blue (it happens to be my favorite color)! We are all looking for a cure and we will not rest until we find one.