World Diabetes Day
World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign focusing on diabetes mellitus and is held on 14 November each year.
Why is World Diabetes Day important
The aim is to raise awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and support network of those affected, as well as promoting the role of the family in the management, care, prevention, and education of diabetes.
How to observe World Diabetes Day
Wear the blue circle: The blue circle logo is a global symbol for diabetes awareness. On World Diabetes Day, wear a t-shirt, necklace, or bracelet with the logo or create one yourself to make others aware of this dangerous disease and its effects.
- Organize a diabetes fair: Partner with health officials to sponsor a diabetes fair at your place of work or your neighborhood. Offer diabetes screenings, disseminate information and brochures and provide information on what people can do to prevent type II diabetes and stay healthy.
Get tested: Symptoms of diabetes can include but aren’t limited to excessive excretion of urine, thirst, constant hunger, weight loss, vision changes, and fatigue. In addition, being overweight or obese greatly increases the chances of having type II diabetes. It’s estimated 1 in 2 adults with diabetes is undiagnosed. Use World Diabetes Day as a reminder to get tested if you have any risk factors or symptoms.
- UN and other international NGO
- Non-Profits website for the observance