Every year, November 14th marks the commemoration of World Diabetes Day (WDD). Established in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the occasion draws attention to diabetes and “keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight” as a critical global health issue warranting coordinated, collaborative action. From 2021 through this year’s commemoration, the theme is “Access to Diabetes Care.” For 2023, the focus is on preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes and related complications, such as diabetic retinopathy and other eye diseases. In many cases, type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed with the adoption and maintenance of healthy habits. Knowing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and highlighting the impact of potential complications, as well as having access to “the right information and care,” are vital to support prevention, early diagnosis, and timely treatment and management. The slogan, “Know your risk, Know your response,” advances this theme. The Federation offers a number of ways to carry out the message, including:
– Check out the type 2 diabetes risk assessment tool, helping people discover their risk of developing the condition;
– Look into the education courses and training, offered by the IDF School of Diabetes;
– Download and display posters, infographics, and banners and display them prominently.
Find out additional information here about World Diabetes Day and here about How to Get Involved. Learn more from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) here about type 2 diabetes.