Diabetes: protect our future

Tomorrow is World Diabetes Day, the day that marks the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting and the opportunity for millions of people around the world to come together and produce a powerful and united voice calling on the world to act on diabetes to protect our future.

On this the occasion, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is releasing the latest IDF Diabetes Atlas containing new estimates on the global and regional prevalence of the diabetes pandemic. The latest figures confirm that diabetes is on the increase in all countries but that we have solutions to challenge the disease. World Diabetes Day is part of our response to the diabetes pandemic and the chance to raise awareness in unison with communities all over the world.

Visit http://www.idf.org/diabetesatlas on November 14 to view all the latest facts and figures from the 6th Edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas.

Share your World Diabetes Day experience

The world is already going blue for diabetes and many have posted pictures of their awareness activities on our social media channels. Whatever you are doing on World Diabetes Day or during the rest of November, make sure to share it with us and the wider diabetes community:

  • Add your pictures to our 'World Diabetes Day' pool on Flickr or send them to wdd@idf.org. Remember to clearly describe what your image represents and where it was taken.
  • Share your pictures on Instagram using the hashtag #WDD
  • Tag your posts on Twitter using the hashtag #WDD and help us make World Diabetes Day a trending topic again!
  • Share your awareness videos by posting them on YouTube and sending the link to wdd@idf.org or to the World Diabetes Day YouTube Channel.

Here's a last-minute list of things that you can do show your support for World Diabetes Day:

  • Wear blue for diabetes awareness in your home, school or workplace.
  • Form a human blue circle with your friends, family or colleagues.
  • Help us spread the word by supporting our #WDD Thunderclap campaign and showing your support for the millions who don't have access to the diabetes care they need.
  • Include the blue circle on your instant messaging app profile photo
  • Join the more than 4,000 individuals that have included the blue circle picbadge on their Facebook and Twitter profile pictures.
  • Check our online activity map to see if there’s an awareness activity near you.