World Diabetes Day
World Diabetes Day is celebrated every year on November 14.
World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day (WDD) became an official United Nations Day in 2006.
Each year the IDF is responsible for choosing a theme and organising different awareness campaigns around the world. The campaign is typically represented by a blue circle logo, which serves as the global symbol for diabetes awareness and signifies the unity of the diabetes community around the world.
Diabetes WA is a regular participant in WDD awareness campaigns, as we believe it is important to keep people talking about this condition and the impact it has on people’s lives.
Eyes on Diabetes in 2016
Did you know that one in two people with type 2 diabetes is unaware that they have the condition?
This year the IDF is trying to change that and has selected Eyes on Diabetes as its theme, focusing on the importance of screening to ensure early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications.
Diabetes WA will be working to drive home the messages that screening for type 2 diabetes is crucial, as early diagnosis can make a major difference to the course of the condition. Screening for complications – in all types of diabetes – is also crucial, as the earlier they are picked up, the easier they are to manage.
To mark the day, Diabetes WA is making special IDF glasses available. We are encouraging people to download, print out and then wear these comic blue glasses to raise awareness of the day and its messages.
If you, your workplace, school or community organisation wants to be involved please download the glasses PDF below.
You may like to consider hosting a fundraising event or activity, such as a morning tea or gold coin donation at your workplace or school. You can also help by making a donation today, your contribution allows Diabetes WA to continue our work in delivering key services to those living with or at risk of diabetes in Western Australia.
To donate, visit our World Diabetes Day fundraising page (external link).
For posters, infographics, fact sheets and other resources visit World Diabetes Day (external link).