World Diabetes Day is celebrated every year on 14th November around the world to raise awareness about diabetes.
World Diabetes Day is internationally recognised and is an official United Nations Day.
World Diabetes Day observance aimed at pursuing multilateral efforts to promote and improve human health and provide access to health-care treatment and education.
World Diabetes Day-2018 theme is 'The Family and Diabetes’. It aims to raise awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and support network of those affected, as well as promoting the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of diabetes.
World Diabetes Day was established by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2007 by passing resolution A/RES/61/225. The resolution had encouraged the Member States to develop national policies for the prevention, treatment, and care of diabetes.
World Diabetes Day also marks the birthday of the man who co-discovered insulin, Frederick Banting.
Diabetes is a chronic, progressive non-communicable disease (NCD) characterized by elevated levels of blood sugar (blood glucose).
Diabetes occurs when (i) the pancreas does not produce enough of the insulin hormone, which regulates blood sugar (ii) the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces.
Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t make enough insulin.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t make or use insulin very well, causing glucose to remain in the blood, which can lead to serious problems.