World Diabetes Day 2018 #WDD2018 #DiabetesConcernsEveryFamil
World Diabetes Day (WDD) is observed every year on 14 November. It was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. The day marks the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.

According to the International Diabetes Federation, approximately 425 million adults (20-79 years) were living with diabetes; by 2045 this will rise to 629 million. These alarming figures denote the downright importance of raising awareness about the disease and its preventive through World Diabetes Day.

Every year, the World Diabetes Day campaign focuses on a dedicated theme that runs for one or more years. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2018-19 is Family and Diabetes. The World Diabetes Day campaign is represented by a blue circle logo, also the global symbol for diabetes awareness, after the passage of the UN Resolution on diabetes.

“Families are the first line of defense in the battle to prevent and manage diabetes”, said Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO's Regional Director for South-East Asia. She further said that families which are aware about diabetes are best positioned to prevent it, and asserted that authorities should harness the capacity as about 91 million people in South East Asia live with the disease with around 49 million unaware of their condition.

The WHO regional director said health authorities should ensure all families have access to educational resources that help them better understand diabetes. "To enable this, health authorities can work across sectors to increase the access individuals and families have to healthy environments".

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