World Diabetes Day: Learn about the history, significance, and theme.

Individuals with diabetes require assistance and ongoing care to manage their condition.

World Diabetes Day 2022

According to the World Health Organization, there are approximately 422 million diabetics worldwide (WHO). Every year on November 14th, World Diabetes Day is observed to commemorate Sir Frederick Banting’s birthday. In 1922, he and Charles Herbert Best discovered the insulin hormone. This day is observed to raise diabetes awareness. Diabetes is a chronic and long-term health problem that affects how a person’s body converts food into energy. Diabetes can cause serious health problems such as kidney disease, heart disease, and vision loss, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although there is no cure for diabetes, eating healthy foods, losing weight, and staying active can all help.

History of World Diabetes Day

In response to the growing health threat posed by diabetes, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) established World Diabetes Day in 1991. In 2006, it was designated as a United Nations Day. World Diabetes Day is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign, reaching over 1 billion people in over 160 countries worldwide.

The campaign aims to take action to address diabetes as a critical global health issue. It also intends to promote IDF advocacy efforts all year.

Significance of World Diabetes Day

Individuals with diabetes require ongoing support and care to manage their condition and avoid complications. Millions of people worldwide lack access to diabetes care.

According to WHO, the following are some critical diabetes facts:

  • Between 2000 and 2019, diabetes mortality rates by age increased by 3%.
  • Diabetes prevalence increased from 180 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014.
  • Diabetes-related heart and kidney disease killed an estimated 2 million people in 2019.
  • Diabetes can be treated with medication, diet, physical activity, and regular screening.

Theme of World Diabetes Day 2022

The theme for World Diabetes Day in 2021-23 has been retained as “Access to Diabetes Care.” Every year, World Diabetes Day focuses on a theme that lasts one or more years.

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