World Diabetes Day
November 16, 2011
World Diabetes Day was first celebrated on November 14, 2007, and is observed annually. While the campaign lasts the whole year, November 14th has been designated as World Diabetes Day. November 14th has been chosen to commemorate the birthday of Frederick Bantings who, along with Charles Best, was instrumental in the discovery of insulin, a life-saving treatment for diabetes patients. The aim of WDD is to increase awareness of the effects of diabetes, its prevention and complications, and the care that the people with the condition need.
The symbol for WDD is a blue circle outline with white in the middle. The circle has many symbolic meanings, including global unity and health and lifecycles. The color blue reflects the sky that unites all nations.
2011 marks the 3rd year of the five-year focus on "Diabetes Education and Prevention," the theme selected for WDD 2009-2013. It is estimated that one in three people in the United States will develop diabetes at some point in their life. The impact of both type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes can be reduced through healthy eating, weight loss, and physical activity. It is also hoped that increased awareness will lead to more resources to fight the causes of diabetes and help fund research into improved treatment options.
For more information, please call your American Diabetes Association at 913.383.8210.
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