World Diabetes Day

My body produces insulin like a cow produces rainbows. It just doesn’t happen.

In 1991, in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes, International Diabetes Federation and World Health Organization created World Diabetes Day (WDD) which is celebrated annually on November 14. A blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes awareness. It signifies the unity of the diabetes community.

Diabetes (also called diabetes mellitus) is a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood sugar (blood glucose). There might be a few reasons for that – insulin production is inadequate, or the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both. There are 2 Types of Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes – the body does not produce insulin. Approximately 10% of all diabetes cases are type 1. Type 2 Diabetes – the body does not produce enough insulin for proper function. Approximately 90% of all cases of diabetes worldwide are of this type. The most common diabetes symptoms are:

  • fatigue,
  • intense thirst and hunger,
  • weight gain,
  • unusual weight loss,
  • frequent urination
  • cuts and bruises that do not heal,
  • numbness and tingling in hands and feet,
  • male sexual dysfunction.

International Diabetes Federation

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is a diverse and inclusive multi-cultural network of over 230 national diabetes associations in 170 countries and territories. IDF aims “to influence policy, increase public awareness and encourage health improvement, promote the exchange of high-quality information about diabetes, and provide education for people with diabetes and their healthcare providers.” (

IDF cooperates with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

The Federation leads the global diabetes community since 67 years and represents the interests of people with diabetes and those at risk. The number of those people is growing.


Beata Jaranowska

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