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World Diabetes Day (WDD) is an annual global health awareness campaign dedicated to spreading awareness about diabetes and its associated risks. The main objective of this observance is to educate people about the importance of effective diabetes prevention and management strategies, as well as promoting early diagnosis and appropriate care for those living with the condition. Various stakeholders, including health professionals, governments, non-governmental organizations, and individuals participate in various campaigns and events to raise public awareness and garner support for the fight against diabetes.
The origin of World Diabetes Day dates back to 1991, when it was created by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) due to the alarming rise in diabetes cases globally. India, being the second most populous country in the world, has a rapidly increasing diabetes burden, currently ranking as the country with the second-highest number of people with diabetes, after China. The prevalence of diabetes in India has been attributed to various factors, including urbanization, sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy diets, and genetic predisposition, which further highlights the importance of raising awareness and promoting health education on diabetes prevention and management.
In India, World Diabetes Day is observed through various events and activities, including health camps, workshops, and seminars to provide information on diabetes care and prevention. Educational materials are distributed to raise awareness about the dangers of unchecked diabetes, while free health check-ups and screening camps are organized for early diagnosis and treatment initiation. Schools, colleges, and other institutions are also encouraged to participate in spreading awareness and promoting a healthier lifestyle to combat the diabetes epidemic in the country. World Diabetes Day takes place annually on November 14, commemorating the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who discovered insulin in 1921, a breakthrough in diabetes management that has saved countless lives since.
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World Diabetes Day references and related sitesworlddiabetesday.org: Diabetes Foundation diabetesatlas.org: Diabetes Atlas WHO: Factsheet diabetes.org: Basic Diabetes Symptoms