Each year on November 14th, World Diabetes Day honors the birth of Sir Frederick Banting, who together along with Charles Herbert Best identified the insulin hormone in 1922. Statistics indicate that 463 million people across the world suffer from diabetes, with Type-2 diabetes making up for 90percent of the total of cases.
According to health professionals, the estimates will continue to increase, and given that diabetes more than increases a person’s chance of dying young, the need to promote awareness about the metabolic condition and guidance on controlling blood sugar levels is at an all-time maximum.
The theme for World Diabetes Day
“Access to Diabetes Care — If Not Now, When?” is the theme for World Diabetes Day 2021-23, highlighting the importance of diabetes care. The theme urges people to become aware of the diabetes mellitus group of metabolic disorders so that they can gain knowledge on disease and treatment, changes in diet, and exercise aimed at keeping both short- and long-term blood glucose levels within the recommended range.
The campaign’s logo is a blue circle that was established in 2007 after the United Nations passed a resolution on diabetes. The blue circle has become the universal symbol of diabetes awareness. It represents the global diabetes community’s unity in the face of the diabetes epidemic.
History of World Diabetes Day
The International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) founded World Diabetes Day in 1991 in response to the growing fears about the disease’s increasing health threat. However, World Diabetes Day was first recognised by the United Nations in 2006 when a resolution was adopted to that effect.
The Significance of World Diabetes Day
Complications are significantly less prevalent and severe in persons who have well-managed blood sugar levels, therefore knowledge about diabetes mellitus and actively participating in its treatment is essential.
Some of the ways people can become involved in spreading diabetes awareness, according to the IDF, are as follows:
1. Getting involved with local or national policymakers to ensure that all diabetes patients have access to the treatment they require.
2. Putting on a “Learn about diabetes” event in schools.
3. Coordinating or actively engaging in a diabetes awareness walk in your community.
4. Using shades of blue to illuminate a local landmark, residence, or place of work, or organising an event with friends and colleagues to raise diabetes awareness.
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