November is National Diabetes Month, and November 14 is World Diabetes Day (WWD). This day was first created in 1991 by IDF (International Diabetes Federation) and the World Health Organization as more and more people were being affected by the disease of diabetes. In 2006, it became an official United Nations Day, according to worlddiabetesday.org.
WWD informs people around the world about what diabetes is and how to confront the disease as a global health issue. Every year, WDD is centered around a themed campaign, and this year the theme is “The Nurse and Diabetes.” The campaign is working to show the world the key role that nurses play in supporting and caring for those affected by diabetes.
Wondering how people are affected by diabetes? Here are some facts and figures provided by the International Diabetes Federation:
- 1-in-11 people were living with diabetes in 2019
- 1 in 2 adults with diabetes remain undiagnosed (232 million)
- More than 3 in 4 people with diabetes live in low and middle-income countries.
- Diabetes caused 4.2 million deaths in 2019.
- Diabetes was responsible for at least $760 billion in health expenditure in 2019 – 10% of the global total spent on healthcare.
If you want to get involved to support those affected by diabetes, go to worlddiabetesday.org/get-involved/. Also, if you would like to support through donations, click here to find diabetes research organizations to contribute to!
Graphic attributed to the International Diabetes Federation