World Diabetes Day a global call to actionBy
Today is World Diabetes Day, but don’t expect balloons and a celebration. World Diabetes Day is a call to action for individuals, healthcare providers and policy-makers who all need to educate themselves on the disease, promote effective diabetes management and aggressive diabetes prevention when possible.
The World Health Organization estimates that more than 346 million people worldwide have diabetes. This number is likely to more than double by 2030 without intervention. Almost 80 percent of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
World Diabetes Day raises global awareness of diabetes, its spread around the world and prevention steps. The global focus, started by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and WHO, is celebrated on 14 November to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, was instrumental in the discovery of insulin in 1922, a life-saving treatment for diabetics.
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