Today is World Diabetes Day!

Diabetes is a condition that prevents the body from properly using energy from food. It occurs when the pancreas does not produce insulin, or when the pancreas produces insulin but it is resisted by the body.

The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations. The day was created in 1991 by the IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes in the public spotlight.

There were 382 million people living with Diabetes all over the world in 2013 and there will be an estimated 592 million people living with it by 2035.

The theme of the campaign for 2014-2016 is Health Living and Diabetes, but the official date of celebration is November 14, to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1921.

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