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What We’re Reading: World Diabetes Day
November 14, 2010
What is World Diabetes Day?
The International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization founded World Diabetes Day in 1991 as a way to promote diabetes advocacy and awareness given the growing numbers of people with diabetes worldwide. In 2000, the number of people worldwide with diabetes was 170 million; today an estimated 285 million have diabetes. World Diabetes Day helps to keep the public informed of important developments, urge further action to find a cure, and keep the growing issue of diabetes in the public spotlight.
Today, World Diabetes Day sees many programs, events, sports activities, walks, races, and even monument lightings. So far, the IDF reaches one billion people worldwide in its campaign. To find out more about World Diabetes Day events near you, you can visit the IDF’s Event page here.
What is the blue circle?
“Let’s take control of diabetes. Now.”
Additional resources and information
Here is a behind the scenes look at how the International Diabetes Federation has been preparing for World Diabetes Day and their goals for this year.
Note: these tests are specifically for Type 2 Diabetes and do not represent medical advice. If you are concerned about diabetes, please make an appointment with your physician.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Eye Institute have released an informational pamphlet aimed specifically at eye health for everyone with diabetes:
Do you know your family’s diabetes history? Family history affects both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, making it important to know if diabetes runs in your family. The NIH has provided a handy new tool for you to fill out and share your family diabetes history.
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