November 14 is World Diabetes Day (WWD). Created in 1991 by IDF (International Diabetes Federation) and the World Health Organization, this day is meant to bring awareness to those affected by the disease of diabetes. In 2006, it became an official United Nations Day, according to worlddiabetesday.org.
Here are some facts and figures provided by the International Diabetes Federation to inform you about those affected by diabetes:
- 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.
- 1-in-11 people were living with diabetes in 2019
- Diabetes was responsible for at least $760 billion in health expenditure in 2019 – 10% of the global total spent on healthcare.
WWD informs people around the world about how to confront this disease as a global health issue. This year’s WDD campaign 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.
If you want to get involved to support those affected by diabetes, go to worlddiabetesday.org/get-involved/.