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World Diabetes Day 2015

The World Diabetes Day 2015 campaign marks the second of a three-year (2014-16) focus on healthy living and diabetes.

Diabetes is a huge and growing burden: whilst some 387 million adults were living with diabetes in 2014, this number is expected to skyrocket to around 600 million people by 2035.

o  Global health spending to treat diabetes and manage complications was estimated to cost USD 612 billion in 2014.

o  Up to 11% of total healthcare expenditure in every country across the globe could be saved by tackling the preventable risk factors for type 2 diabetes.

o  Up to 70% of type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented or delayed by adopting healthier lifestyles, equivalent to up to 150 million cases by 2035.

o  A healthy diet is, on average, USD 1.50 a day more expensive than an unhealthy one, increasing food costs for one person by about USD 550 a year.

o  The number of people with diabetes in low- and middle-income countries will continue to grow, posing a threat to sustainable development. For example by 2035, the number of people with diabetes in the African region is expected to double.

More data in the IDF Diabetes Atlas:

In 2015, World Diabetes Day has become a year-long campaign to reflect the realities of people living with diabetes.
The campaign will focus on healthy eating as a key factor in the fight against diabetes and a cornerstone of global health and sustainable development.

Key messages


Act to change your life today
Healthy eating is an important part of managing all types of diabetes.

2. Act to change the world tomorrow
Access to affordable healthy food is essential to reducing the global burden of diabetes and ensuring global sustainable development.
About World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14.

The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations. It engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness.

World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses.

World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2007 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public spotlight.

World Diabetes Day is a campaign that features a new theme chosen by the International Diabetes Federation each year to address issues facing the global diabetes community. While the themed campaigns last the whole year, the day itself is celebrated on 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 1922.

The World Diabetes Day logo is the blue circle - the global symbol for diabetes which was developed as part of the Unite for Diabetes awareness campaign.

Be a part of the WDD 2015 campaign
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