Living with Diabetes
World Diabetes Day is celebrated worldwide by the 212 member associations of the International Diabetes Federation in more than 160 countries and territories, all Member States of the United Nations, as well as by other associations and organisations, companies, healthcare professionals and people living with diabetes and their families.
The campaign is marked each year on 14 November, the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.
The day (which is recognised by the United Nations) has been marked for a number of years and each year a specific related theme is followed, chosen by the International Diabetes Federation to address issues facing the global diabetes community. Such themes have included the following:
2005: Diabetes and Foot Care
2006: Diabetes in the Disadvantaged and the Vulnerable
2007-2008: Diabetes in Children and Adolescents
2009-2013: Diabetes Education and Prevention
The World Diabetes Day logo is the blue circle – the global symbol for diabetes which was developed as part of the Unite for Diabetes awareness campaign. The logo was adopted in 2007 to mark the passage of the UN World Diabetes Day Resolution. The significance of the blue circle symbol is overwhelmingly positive. Across cultures, the circle symbolises life and health. The colour blue reflects the sky that unites all nations and is the colour of the United Nations flag. The blue circle signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes pandemic.
To mark the day many famous and culturally important buildings around the world are lit blue in a symbol of unity.
If you are living with diabetes and want to join in some of the Diabetic Support Group’s activities you can either phone Ms. Christina Rowlandson on 926-1053 or Mrs. Melissa McWatt on 946-6552, or join the on-line diabetes community on CaymanActive at www.caymanactive.com/diabetes and send us an email message.
If you just would like to find out more some excellent websites for information include www.diabetesresearch.org or search ‘diabetes’ on www.uhealthsystem.com, www.joslin.org, www.worlddiabetesday.org, www.diabetes.org or www.diabetes.org.uk.