Every year, more and more people suffer from diabetes. This life-long disease requires many lifestyle adjustments including diet, exercise and medication. But the good news is: diabetes can be prevented and controlled. The key to prevention is education. World Diabetes Day increases diabetes awareness and spreads information on how to prevent, manage and control diabetes.

World Diabetes Day 2017

World Diabetes Day 2017 will take place on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

World Diabetes Day is observed every year on the 14th of November.

World Diabetes Day History

World Diabetes Day was introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and World Health Organization (WHO) in response to the alarming increase of diabetes worldwide. November 14 was the chosen date to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting, the co-discoverer of insulin. Banting and Charles Best discovered insulin in 1922.

World Diabetes Day is celebrated worldwide in over 160 countries by the more than 200 member associations of the International Diabetes Federation. All Member States of the United Nations, organizations, other associations, medical professionals and those suffering from diabetes also participate in this day.

World Diabetes Day theme 2015

In 2007, World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day after the United Nation Resolution 61/225 was passed. Every year, the International Diabetes Federation chooses a theme for the World Diabetes Day. The theme has been “Diabetes Education and Prevention” since 2009 until 2013. The theme conveys information regarding the warning signs of diabetes and what to do if you suffer from this disease.

World Diabetes Day Observance

 Everyone, even those who are not diabetes sufferers, can join in celebrating this day. Each year, you can participate in activities organized by the global diabetes community which include:

  • Diabetes free screenings
  • Radio and television programs
  • Public Information lectures and meetings
  • Workshops and exhibitions
  • Sports events for adults and children
  • Walks, runs and cycle races
  • Newspaper articles
  • Leaflet and poster campaigns

The global symbol for diabetes is the blue circle. It was adopted in 2007 after the passage of the United Nation Resolution and was developed as part of the awareness campaign ‘Unite for Diabetes’.  The circle signifies life and health while the blue color reflects the sky which unites all nations. The blue circle thus symbolizes the unity of the global diabetes community to combat diabetes pandemic.

Famous buildings and monuments worldwide lit up blue to raise awareness about World Diabetes Day to diabetics and non-diabetics.

World Diabetes Day 2018

World Diabetes Day 2018 will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.