November is always an exciting time: the year is coming to an end, Thanksgiving is coming and the weather is cooling. But November is also the time of the year when all eyes are on diabetes.
World Diabetes Day (WDD) was launched in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to address growing concerns about the escalating health threat of diabetes.
It became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the adoption of United Nations Resolution 61/225. It is held every year on the 14th of November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Bantingthat discovered together with insulin Charles Best 1,922th
WDD is the world's largest diabetes awareness campaign with a global reach of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of relevance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes in the public and political limelight.
The campaign is represented by a blue logo that was adopted in 2007.
The blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes awareness. It means the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes epidemic.
The theme this year is Family and Diabetes
Each year, the World Diabetes Day campaign focuses on a specific theme that will last for one or more years. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2018-19 is "Family and Diabetes". The aim of the topic is:
Sensitize the impact of diabetes on the family and the support network of those affected.
Promote the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of diabetes.
Since the founding of WDD, the blue sky logo has served as a backdrop for many activities, inspiring the lighting of thousands of buildings worldwide, and helping raise awareness of diabetes.
Ten simple things you can do
1) Organize a "learn about diabetes" event in your kids' school or in your church
2.) If public speaking is not your thing, write about it on your social media accounts – the important thing is to tell people in your community about diabetes. Tell them why it is important that they know about diabetes and describe the symptoms of type 1, type 2 and diabetes.
3) Dress up in blue: Make sure you have a blue T-shirt and jeans clean to wear this morning. Go in with your dog. Make your purchases in them. And while you're at it, let everyone know that November 14th is World Diabetes Day.
4) Join a diabetes online community: There are so many good reasons to connect with others online that are affected by diabetes. So, if you postpone it, World Diabetes Day is a great time to get out of the "diabetes cabinet". Register with a diabetes community to learn from others and share the experience of living with diabetes.
5) Take the Big Blue Test: At 2:00 pm local time (wherever you live) you can visit your favorite online diabetes community and take the Big Blue Test. Thousands of diabetics test their blood sugar, do sports for 14 minutes, retest and share their results online.
6) Organize a family activity such as a hike or play flag football or soccer.
7) Arrange an activity at your workplace.
8) Organize a diabetes walk and register with the World Diabetes Foundation.
9) Light a monument, a local building or even your house in blue.
10) Promote WDD on your social media accounts by sharing WDD resources. Take a selfie with the Blue Circle Selfie App, available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Just take a selfie or group picture, position the blue circle around the picture and share it on social media (#WDD) with a personal message.
You have no excuse. It is not difficult and we can make a big difference if each of us takes the time to raise awareness about diabetes.
On this World Diabetes Day we can all write diabetes history!