Today is World Diabetes Day

Help make the blue symbol used and recognized

If you're new to diabetes, or the diabetes online community, November 14th is World Diabetes Day. Nov. 14 is the birthday of Frederick Banting who helped discover life-saving insulin. 

World Diabetes Day was established by the United Nations to raise awareness of diabetes and increase funding for its prevention and treatment. We actually have the little nation of Bangladesh to thank for pushing through this resolution.

Today the World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). Take a look at some of the great things going on and ways you can get involved. Today in many places around the world structures, and people, will be lit in blue to draw attention to the round blue symbol you see here. Like breast cancer's pink ribbon, IDF is leading an effort to get all diabetes organizations to adopt the blue symbol.   

IDF just released in its Diabetes Atlas the latest global diabetes statistics: 

One adult in ten will have diabetes by 2030 

• Currently 366 million people have diabetes, that will rise to 552 million people in 2030. That means 3 new people will be diagnosed every 10 seconds

• 183 million people are still undiagnosed

• 78,000 children develop type 1 diabetes each year 

So today wear blue to be part of the movement and so that we can all be a little less blue as we help diabetes get the attention it deserves.

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