World Diabetes Day is commemorated on November 14 of every year. World Diabetes Day is created to promote awareness among the people about the effects of diabetes and the complications caused by the disease. Every year, World Diabetes Day is celebrated with the theme which aims at the issues related to diabetes. Diabetes is a preventable and non-communicable disease that is rapidly increasing in numbers. Over the years, #WDD is proving internationally useful in spreading the message about diabetes and raising awareness about the prevention of diabetes.
“Millions of Americans today are taking dietary supplements, practicing yoga and integrating other natural therapies into their lives. These are all preventive measures that will keep them out of the doctor’s office and drive down the costs of treating serious problems like heart disease and diabetes.” Andrew Weil
History of World Diabetes Day
In 1991, International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) and World Health Organization (WHO) created the World Diabetes Day to stop the rise of diabetes around the world. In 2016, nearly 230 IDF member associations in more than 160 countries celebrated the World Diabetes Day. The date November 14 marks the birth anniversary of Sir Frederick Banting who co-discovered insulin and used it on humans for the first time. #WDD is created to increase awareness about the increasing number of people being affected by diabetes around the world. It also creates awareness about the risk factors of diabetes and emphasizes the importance of prevention and treatment methods of diabetes. As per the reports of WHO, nearly 422 million people around the world are living with diabetes and every year, nearly 4 million people die due to diabetes.
The two main aims or goal of #WDD is
- To promote International Diabetes Foundation advocacy efforts throughout the year.
- To encourage the importance of taking organized and collective efforts to face diabetes as a critical global health issue.
The celebration is represented by a blue circle logo that was adopted in 2007 after the passage of the UN Resolution on diabetes. The blue circle is a global symbol for the awareness of diabetes. The blue circle signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes disease.
Diabetes or Diabetes mellitus is a group of metabolic disorders in which there are high blood sugar levels over an extended period. If Diabetes left untreated, it will cause many complications. Some of the acute complications include diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state, or death. Serious long-term complications include stroke, cardiovascular disease, foot ulcers, chronic kidney disease, and damage to the eyes. There are two types of Diabetes:
- Type 1 Diabetes: It is otherwise called insulin-dependent, juvenile or childhood-onset diabetes. The primary cause for this diabetes is the deficiency of insulin production in the body and occurs mostly in the childhood age.
- Type 2 Diabetes: It is otherwise called non-insulin dependent or adult-onset diabetes. This type of diabetes is usually associated with overweight adults with physical inactivity
Symptoms of Diabetes
The key symptoms of Diabetes are listed below
- Frequent Urination (Polyuria)
- Increased Thirst (Polydipsia)
- Increased Hunger (Polyphagia)
- Weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
- Blurred vision
- Slow healing of cuts/wounds
- Numbness or tingling in feet
Themes of World Diabetes Day
Every year World Diabetes Day is celebrated with the particular theme. Hence the current and past themes of #WDD are listed below
2013 – “Protect our Future: Diabetes Education and Prevention.”
2014 – “Go Blue for Breakfast.”
2015 – ‘Healthy Eating.”
2016 – “Eyes on Diabetes.”
2017 – “Women and diabetes – our right to a healthy future.”
2018 – “The Family and Diabetes.”
2019 – “Family and Diabetes.’
Other Celebrations on November 14
November 14 is also celebrated as
- Childrens Day
- Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day
- National Spicy Guacamole Day
- National Pickle Day
- Operating Room Nurse Day
- Use Less Stuff Day
- Beaujolais Nouveau Day
- Social Enterprise Day
How to Celebrate World Diabetes Day
The best way to celebrate the World Diabetes Day is by raising awareness among the peoples about diabetes and its preventive measures. Several welfare organizations, companies, government and non-government organizations around the world will conduct seminars, events to raise awareness about the preventive measures of Diabetes. You can participate in those events. Post pictures and raise awareness on social media by using the hashtag #WDD or #WorldDiabetesDay.