For the past 25 years, World Diabetes Day has been celebrated on November 14th. World Diabetes Day was created by the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) and the World Health Organization.
The two organizations partnered to create the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign in response to the threat that diabetes could have on every person regardless of race, gender or status.
Why is World Diabetes Day Important?
There are more than 1 billion people in more than 160 countries who join together offline and online to share their stories, and to educate people on how to avoid complications such as blindness, heart disease and kidney failure.
World Diabetes Day aims to:
“Be the platform to promote IDF advocacy efforts throughout the year;
Be the global driver to promote the importance of taking coordinated and concerted actions to confront diabetes as a critical global health issue.”
As World Diabetes Day is recognized today, and as we focus on spreading diabetes awareness around the globe, we must also honor the man who first began treating patients with insulin; Frederick Banting, a Canadian scientist and Nobel Prize in Medicine winner, making him the youngest person to receive the award in medicine. Click here to learn: Who was Frederick Banting? (Yep, that’s right, even Google is helping to spread awareness about type 1 diabetes!)
We encourage you to keep up with those who advocate for type 1 diabetes not just today, but every day.
If you, or someone you know, needs financial assistance to obtain medical supplies for your child to avoid type 1 diabetes complications, please contact us to see if you qualify for a grant.