Many people don’t consider diabetes when they think about risk. But the number of people with diabetes is rising, and half of them do not know they have it, leading to serious and life-threatening complications.
The majority of people living with diabetes today live in urban areas, so we have been to cities all over the world to ask people what they think is the biggest risk.
Modern lifestyles, such as poor diet and inactivity, put you at a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Know your risk factors and manage your risk.
The day was first introduced in 1991 to raise awareness about diabetes: its causes, its prevention and the devastating effects it has on human lives and healthcare systems worldwide.
World Diabetes Day is 14 November – the birthday of Frederick Banting, whose work with Charles Best led to the discovery of insulin in 1921.
The blue circle is the international symbol for diabetes. The blue circle was created in 2006 to support a campaign for a United Nations Resolution of Diabetes as a response to the growing global diabetes pandemic. The circle symbolizes positivity, unity and strength and the blue reflects the colour of the sky and the flag of the United Nations.
Every World Diabetes Day, Novo Nordisk partners with the
International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to unite people with diabetes,
employees, partners and the general public with a call to change
Find out if you are at risk of type 2 diabetes
Download the poster and help others find out their risk. See the WDD infographic poster (pdf)
Join the global diabetes walk on 14 November.
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See the latest news from the cities that have joined the global fight
against urban diabetes.
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