World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to growing fears about the mounting health threat posed by the disease. It is marked every year on November 14 and is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign, reaching a global audience of more than 1 billion people in more than 160 countries.
It focuses on creating awareness of diabetes, illustrating issues important to the diabetes world and keeping diabetes in the public and political spotlight. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2020 is The Nurse and Diabetes. Here the global event will raise awareness around the crucial role that nurses play in supporting people living with diabetes. As the number of people with diabetes continues to rise all over the world, the role of nurses and other health professional support staff becomes ever so important in handling the effects of the disease.
Why not undertake the online diabetes risk assessment test, which only takes a few minutes. It has been created by the IDF to predict an individual’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes within the next 10 years. The IDF estimates that as many as 212 million people, or half of all adults currently living with diabetes, are undiagnosed. Most of these have type 2 diabetes – so take the test by visiting www.idf.org/type-2-diabetes-risk-assessment/
To find out how you can participate both in the build-up to World Diabetes Day and after the campaign, visit www.worlddiabetesday.org