Every year, World Diabetes Day is celebrated on 14 November to awareness about diabetes. Diabetes patients are found less in the rural population as compared to the urban population because there is a difference in food and drink. To prevent this disease, not only awareness but lifestyle changes are also important. Due to irregular food habits and less physical activity in cities, diabetes patients are seen more.
World Diabetes Day is celebrated on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting. Frederick Banting is the same person who invented insulin in 1922 along with Charles Best. This special day was started by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in the year 1991 when the statistics of diabetes were increasing at an alarming rate.
World Diabetes Day is the world's largest diabetes awareness campaign, reaching more than 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws world attention to issues related to diabetes and places it firmly in the public and political spotlight. And also it provides a global platform for issues related to diabetes throughout the year. Apart from this, the work of increasing the importance of concrete action against the disease is also done by World Diabetes Day.
This year’s theme, ‘access to diabetes education’, underpins the larger multi-year theme of 'access to care'. In the lead-up to and on 14 November, WHO will highlight not only the challenges but more importantly the solutions, to scaling-up access to diabetes medicines and care.