World Diabetes Day

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Guest Writer
London eye lit up blue for Diabetes Day

Millions of people are set to throw their support behind World Diabetes Day (WDD) this month – what will you be doing?

It’s an event that has grown steadily since its humble beginnings in 1991. But this November more than 160 countries around the world will take part in World Diabetes Day.

The event is designed to increase awareness about diabetes, which affects a staggering 370 million adults globally. What’s more, this figure is expected to grow even bigger – to 552 million by 2030. In the UK some 3.2 million people live with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes – although most British people are affected by the latter. And incredibly, it’s estimated that around 850,000 people in England are unaware they have the condition as they don’t know what the symptoms are, according to the charity Diabetes UK.

Thankfully, the charity provides a detailed guide to the symptoms here.

Organised by the International Diabetes Federation, each year WDD has a different theme, and this year health chiefs have chosen Healthy Living and Diabetes. In particular they will focus on the importance of starting the day with a healthy breakfast, which is known to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

So as part of World Diabetes Day, scores of supporters in countless countries will be organising activities, screenings, lectures and raising funds to help in the fight against this condition – as well as serving up some delicious and healthy breakfasts of course!

How can I get involved?

  • Organise your own healthy breakfast event
  • See what you can do to raise awareness in your community
  • Promote WDD through Facebook and Twitter with hashtags #WDD and #diabetes
  • Make a donation or organise a fundraising event

For more information on how World Diabetes Day is being celebrated around the world, click here

World Diabetes Day – blue buildings

Each year a number of famous buildings and landmarks around the world – such as the London Eye – are lit up in blue to help spread the message to both diabetics and non-diabetics. If you can think of a building or landmark that you’d like to see lit up in your home town or city, click here.

Diabetes facts

  • China has the largest diabetes population at 90 million, followed by India (61.3m) and the USA (23.7m)
  • Diabetes symptoms such as thirst, weight loss, and excess urination were recognised for some 1,200 years before the disease was named
  • Celebrities with diabetes include Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Steve Redgrave and Aretha Franklin
  • Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the condition and accounts for 90% of diabetes worldwide
  • Doctors used to test for diabetes by tasting urine to see if it was sweet, while other tests in ancient times included checking to see if the urine attracted flies or ants

Watch video on diabetes facts