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World Diabetes Day - November 14

Since 1980 diabetes has nearly doubled worldwide, with an annual estimate of 422 million people living with this disease. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has declared November 14 as World Diabetes Day "with the aim to promote the importance of taking coordinated and concerted actions to confront diabetes as a critical global health issue." The IDF has estimated that globally as many as 193 million people living with diabetes in 2015 were unaware of their disease.

With the theme for 2016 being "Eyes on Diabetes," the International Diabetes Federation aims to spread two key messages:

  1. Screening for type 2 diabetes is important to modify its course and reduce the risk of complications
  2. Screening for diabetes complications is an essential part of managing type 1 and type 2 diabetes

Download the Eyes on Diabetes Campaign Tool Kit to learn about ways you can help promote World Diabetes Day in your community and be sure to join the global conversation on social media using the hashtag #WDD.

In recognition of World Diabetes Day, OPENPediatrics is featuring one of our videos, Development of Type I Diabetes Mellitus




Be sure to check out additional OPENPediatrics content for diabetes: