What is World Diabetes Day?

What’s happening in the UK for World Diabetes Day

November, 2017


World Diabetes Day is on November 14th every year, with events and campaigns leading up to the day itself. It’s organised by the International Diabetes Federation or IDF, which is a collection of over 230 national diabetes organisations from across the globe. The IDF works to promote better “diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide” for everyone living with diabetes, including people with Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes.

What’s World Diabetes Day 2017 about?

This year the theme for World Diabetes Day is women with diabetes. This is because the IDF report that the global impact of diabetes on women and girls in particular is amplified due to a number of factors across cultures, including access to healthcare, increased stigma and strict gender roles. In addition, of course, only women can develop gestational diabetes (diabetes which develops in pregnancy). In the UK, these factors are less impactful than in other cultures worldwide.

Take a look at the World Diabetes Day official website to see more about World Diabetes Day 2017 and the Women and Diabetes campaign. You can also follow on Twitter @WDD

What’s happening in the UK?

Diabetes UK are joining in with World Diabetes Day with a special online event sharing the experiences of over 9,000 people who offered their thoughts and ideas for a better future for people living with diabetes. You can join in on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #WorldDiabetesDay

There could also be a number of events and fundraisers near you. See what’s happening or even get involved yourself at diabetes.org.uk/Get_involved/Fundraising-events. It could be a good health goal to work towards for yourself while you raise money for diabetes awareness: you could commit to a walk, run, cycle or other sporting event.

Related activities

  • The UK-based charity JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) runs the #GoBlue campaign for World Diabetes Day. This campaign aims to raise money specifically for young people with Type 1 diabetes.
  • Diabetes.org.uk campaigns run throughout the year. They have a variety of campaigns aimed at people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and parents of children with diabetes. Read the stories of others affected by diabetes across the UK, or lend your support to the petitions and awareness-raising activities online.