Tuesday, November 5, 2013

World Diabetes Day

Did You Know November is Diabetes Awareness Month? . . . 

In many parts of the world November marks the start of a month-long series of activities to put diabetes firmly in the public spotlight. 

On November 14th, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) will be releasing the 6th Edition of its Diabetes Atlas, the authoritative source of evidence on the global burden of diabetes. 

New estimates will be provided for 2013 and 2035 with the goal of strengthening the evidence base for coordinated efforts to stem the diabetes epidemic.

Here is  a reminder of why urgent action is required to protect our future:

  • Diabetes is among the top 10 causes of disability, resulting in life-threatening complications such as heart disease, stroke, lower limb amputations and blindness
  • 1 in 2 people with diabetes are undiagnosed
  • 80% of people with diabetes live in low- and middle-income countries.

View all our campaign messages to help inform your awareness activities in the days and weeks to come. Together we can make a difference!

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