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How to Commemorate World Diabetes Day

Diabetes Awareness Month is here! Diabetic Nation will be commemorating this month for the next few weeks with educational articles, infographics, and videos. With diabetes affecting more than 30 million Americans, it’s important to stay educated on the disease so you can help yourself or your loved ones cope.

About World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is November 14. This day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO). World Diabetes Day is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. In 2007, the campaign created its signature symbol of diabetes awareness—a blue circle. This blue circle signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes epidemic. The theme for this year is diabetes and family.

The aim of the campaign is twofold:

  1. Raise awareness of the impact diabetes has on individuals and families, and
  2. Promote the role of families in the management, care, prevention, and education of diabetes.

How to spread awareness

There are many ways to commemorate Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day. Here are a few suggestions.

  1. Organize an educational event at your school, church, or local community center.
  2. Write about it on your social media.
  3. Wear blue on November 14.
  4. Join an online diabetes community.
  5. Organized a group physical activity like a hike or walk.
  6. Like up a monument, building, or your house in blue.
  7. Promote World Diabetes Day by sharing WDD resources.
  8. Take a selfie with the Blue Circle Selfie App and hashtag it #WDD.

Diabetes statistics

Over 30 million Americans have diabetes, and 84 million Americans have prediabetes. Moreover, only 10 percent of the people with prediabetes know they have it.

  • Over 30 million Americans have diabetes.
  • 84 million Americans have prediabetes, and only 10 percent of them know they have it.
  • 10 percent of people with diabetes have type 1
  • 90 percent of people with diabetes have type 2
  • Doctors are seeing an increase in the number of gestational diabetes cases reported each year.

Symptoms and risk factors

Symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Increased appetite
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Blurry vision

Risk factors for diabetes include:

  • Having a family history of diabetes
  • Being age 45 of older
  • Being overweight or obese with excess weight around your midsection
  • Belonging to a high-risk ethnic group like African-American, Native American, Alaska Native, or Pacific Islander

To determine if you’re at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, you can take a test. If you’re at risk, you should get screenings once a year to test your blood sugar and prevent complications before they occur.

Check back all month for more educational resources on diabetes awareness.