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World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day 2017

World Diabetes Day 2017

 

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and today (November 14th, 2017) is what is becoming known as World Diabetes Day, a day of diabetes awareness worldwide.  With so much misleading information out there, days like these are becoming ever more prevalent.

 

Some things to expect on this day include the launching of support groups and fund raising campaigns towards diabetes research.  Social media campaigns can include hash tags such as #MakeDiabetesVisible, #WorldDiabetesDay, & #WDD.  Active members of the Diabetes Online Community host an annual twitter chat #WDDchat17 for the entire day exchanging comments and ideas on diabetes awareness efforts.  Some monuments worldwide are being lit up in the blue color associated with diabetes awareness, which some are calling “blue-washing”.  Others are wearing blue clothing and showing the blue circle on social media profiles as a sign of solidarity.

 

This all goes down in commemoration on the birthday of insulin co-discoverer Dr. Frederick Banting who lived over a century ago.  Created by The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and The World Health Organization (WHO) in 1991 in response to the ever-growing health threat presented by diabetes.  This year marks the tenth year it was officially recognized by the United Nations with an official resolution, raising the public consciousness of this special day.  The campaign has reached a global conversation of over 1 billion people in over 160 countries and growing.  Steadfast in it’s continuing mission to draw attention to important issues as it relates to Diabetes, maintaining it within the public and political focus.

 

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