Thursday 14 November 2013
World Diabetes Day
November 14 is World Diabetes Day
World Diabetes Day is an annual UN-sponsored day to direct focus on diabetes-related issues and the enormous global health crisis it represents.
November 14 was chosen as the date for World Diabetes Day because it was the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, one of the co-discoverers of insulin and a Nobel prize-winning Canadian.
The blue circle was chosen as the symbol: blue for the UN flag, and the circle to represent life, health, and unity.
Around the world people will be wearing blue, and there will be lots of activities to mark the day. Many major monuments around the world will be lit up in blue tomorrow night, including the CN Tower.
Learn the basic facts about diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes affects mostly children and adolescents. Type 1 (used to be called juvenile diabetes) is an autoimmune disease. It is not caused by eating too much sugar and is not preventable. Type 1 diabetes is quite different from type 2 diabetes, which tends to develop later in life. About 90% of people with diabetes have type 2; only about 10% have type 1.
Consider wearing blue today to support all the people around the world who work hard to make life better for people with diabetes!