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World Diabetes Day

This topic provides information about World Diabetes Day.

World Diabetes Day is celebrated every year on 14th November.

Diabetes is a chronic disease, which occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. This leads to an increased concentration of glucose in the blood (hyperglycaemia).

Over the past decade, diabetes prevalence has risen faster in low and middle-income countries than in high-income countries.Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke and lower limb amputation. Healthy diet, physical activity and avoiding tobacco use can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. In addition diabetes can be treated and its consequences avoided or delayed with medication, regular screening and treatment for complications.


Established in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation with support from WHO in response to growing concerns about the health and economic threat posed by diabetes, World Diabetes Day became an official UN day in 2006.

In 2007 General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/61/225 designating 14 November as World Diabetes Day. The document recognized “the urgent need to pursue multilateral efforts to promote and improve human health, and provide access to treatment and health-care education.”

World Diabetes Day 2019

The theme for 2019 is "Protect your Family".

The World Diabetes Day 2019 campaign marks the second year of a two-year theme dedicated to “The Family and Diabetes”. The tagline for the campaign this year is “Diabetes: Protect your Family”.

The aims of the campaign are to raise awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and to promote the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of the condition.

Source : International Diabetes Foundation

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