As you may know, November is recognized as National Diabetes Month, but another special event also takes place this month – World Diabetes Day on November 14th! Established by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1991 in response to the global diabetes epidemic, World Diabetes Day is internationally recognized and recently supported by the UN with the United Nations World Diabetes Day Resolution in December 2006.
The goal of World Diabetes Day is to create awareness and advocacy of escalating health threat that diabetes presents to people across the globe. World Diabetes Day elects a theme each year to focus upon, and this year a multi-year campaign was announced: Diabetes Education and Prevention. The Diabetes Education and Prevention theme for World Diabetes Day will run from 2009 to 2013. According to the World Diabetes Day Diabetes Education and Prevention Campaign website, the key messages for this theme are:
- Know the diabetes risks and know the warning signs
- Know how to respond to diabetes and who to turn to
- Know how to manage diabetes and take control
American Diabetes Wholesale supports World Diabetes Day and recognizes the importance of the new Diabetes Education and Prevention theme. Awareness of the causes and symptoms of diabetes is critical to manage, and in some cases, prevent this disease. Last year, American Diabetes Wholesale revealed our commitment to informing the public about diabetes and giving people with diabetes the tools and resources they need to live a healthy lifestyle with the launch of our free informational website, Destination Diabetes. It is loaded with great health information from licensed diabetes educators, diabetic recipes and other tips and advice.
This year, we launched another site, GlucoStories, devoted to giving the diabetic community a place to share their own personal stories about diabetes. Our contributors have stepped up and participated in this effort to inspire others and help people with diabetes or their loved ones affected by diabetes know that they are not alone.
Why not share your own personal account with the diabetes community in time for World Diabetes Day on November 14th? American Diabetes Wholesale is supporting the diabetes community by contributing $3 for every GlucoStory published your choice of diabetes charity. Your story will not only inspire others, but help make a difference with a donation to organizations that make a difference in the fight against diabetes every day.