Every year World Diabetes Day takes place on 14 November. The day draws attention to issues that are important to people with diabetes.
The date was chosen as it’s the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.
World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating
health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006.
The campaign is represented by a blue circle logo. The blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes awareness. It signifies the positivity, unity and strength of the global diabetes community. The blue reflects the colour of the sky and the flag of the United Nations.
This year’s theme is family and diabetes, which celebrates families and shines a light on the love, care and support families give to people living with diabetes every day.
Let us know who is in your diabetes family by sharing a picture and a short post on social media. Tag us and use the hashtag #mydiabetesfamily to go into the draw to win a $400 voucher for a weekend away with your diabetes family at a Mantra hotel.
Check out the website of your local diabetes organisation to see if there are any events taking place in your area. You can also get the free World Diabetes Day selfie app and take some pics. Search for ‘World Diabetes Day’ on the App Store.