World Diabetes Day is 14 November – the birthday of Frederick Banting, whose work with Charles Best led to the discovery of insulin in 1921. The day was first introduced in 1991 to raise awareness about diabetes: its causes, its prevention and the devastating effects it has on human lives and healthcare systems worldwide. Since the adoption of the United Nations (UN) Resolution on Diabetes in December 2006, World Diabetes Day has become an official United Nations World Health Day.
The diabetes pandemic is an emergency in slow motion. More than 380 million people already have diabetes and this figure is expected to rise to 592 million by 2035. 64% of people with diabetes live in urban areas and urban residence is associated with a staggering 70% increased risk of developing diabetes.
Clearly, World Diabetes Day has a greater role to play in raising awareness about diabetes than ever before.