World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) started World Diabetes Day in 1991 in response to the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. 

It has since grown to become a globally celebrated event and an official United Nations (UN) awareness day. It is now the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign.

14 November is World Diabetes Day

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) started World Diabetes Day in 1991 in response to the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. 

It has since grown to become a globally celebrated event and an official United Nations (UN) awareness day. It is now the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign.

Thousands of local campaigns, activities, screenings, meetings and more take place every year, on 14th November and throughout diabetes awareness month. See https://worlddiabetesday.org/ for further details. 

The World Diabetes Day theme for 2019 is Diabetes: Protect your Family. 

  • The first step to preventing type 2 diabetes is knowing your risk. 
  • IDF is encouraging everyone to learn about their risk of type 2 diabetes through a simple online test or questionnaire. 
  • Their goal is to have at least 1 million people screened for type 2 diabetes by the end of November 2019. 

Do your own online diabetes risk assessment here.

Please pass it on to all your patients, families, colleagues and friends. 

D-Foot International is fully supporting the IDF 2019 campaign because we understand that the family of a person with Diabetes, who has a foot ulceration or has had a foot or leg amputation will often need a lot of care and support from them. In some countries, after a foot amputation, the person with diabetes may never be able to work again, meaning a huge strain on their families in terms of financial and other support. By preventing and early detection of diabetes we can help those families to avoid all the catastrophic effects of diabetic foot disease. After all, the best way to prevent diabetic foot ulceration which leads to a foot amputation somewhere in the world every 20 seconds is to prevent Diabetes in the first place.