Diabetes Awareness Month
November is recognized internationally as Diabetes Awareness Month.
- The theme of World Diabetes Day 2016 is Eyes on Diabetes
- Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions worldwide
- More than 415 million people have diabetes in the world
- The number of people living with type 2 diabetes is increasing in most countries
- 90% of people living with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes and 10% have Type 1
- Half of people with Type 2 diabetes don't know they have it
- 11 million Canadians are living with Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes
- The prevalence rate of diabetes in Ontario is 10.2% (1.5 million people)
- The prevalence rate of diabetes in Waterloo Wellington is 10.5% (66,182 people)
- World Diabetes Day (WDD) is an official United Nations World Health Day, celebrated each year on November 14th
- World Diabetes Day marks the birthday of Canadian Sir Frederick Banting, who along with Charles Best, is accredited with the discovery of insulin in 1921 at the University of Toronto.
Awareness of diabetes is the first step in the fight against the disease. Help raise awareness of diabetes by sharing your story with others.
WORLD DIABETES DAY
The “blue ring” is the international symbol for diabetes. This circle symbolizes unity, and was developed for the campaign for a United Nations Resolution on diabetes in 2006, which resulted in declaring November 14th “World Diabetes Day”. The blue border of the circle reflects the colour of the sky and the flag of the United Nations.
In support of improving diabetes care to the residents of Waterloo Wellington region, the blue ring was incorporated into our Waterloo Wellington Diabetes logo.
This year’s focus is eyes on diabetes. Why?
Screening for diabetes is important to ensure early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications.
For more information on World Diabetes Day, click here