World Diabetes Day – 14 November
World Diabetes Day is celebrated every year on 14 November. Frederick Banting was born on this day, whose joint idea with Charles Best led to the discovery of insulin in 1922. The World Day is hosted by the International Diabetes Federation and its member organizations worldwide.
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), seeing the increasing spreading of diabetes worldwide, organized a World Day for the first time in 1991. Since then, its popularity is continuously growing, and today it links more than 350 million people worldwide, including healthcare professionals, nurses, people having diabetes and all members of society.
The UNite for Diabetes campaign has led to a global fight against diabetes, which resulted in the UN General Assembly accepting Resolution no. 61/225 on 20 December 2006, drawing attention to the chronic, quality-of-life worsening and costly nature of diabetes. World Diabetes Day has been a World Health Day since 2007 under the supervision and with the support of the UN.
Diabetes is a global problem with harmful human, social and economic effects. Today, more than 250 million people with diabetes live worldwide, with an annual increase of 7 million. Decades ago, the lives of people with diabetes were primarily endangered by acute complications, and today, mainly the lives of people having Type 2 diabetes are endangered by chronic small and large vascular complications.
Some form of diabetes affects nearly one million people in Hungary and today there is significantly more information available today to prevent it. The most important thing is to avoid risk factors, in which the first thousand days after conception play a key role.
Research has shown that healthy nutrition in the foetus and infancy can reduce the risk of diabetes.