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Education and Prevention Are Focus of World Diabetes Day

Author: Kate H. Gamble, Senior Editor

With the prevalence of diabetes growing to epidemic proportions, the theme of this year’s World Diabetes Day centers on education and prevention.

World Diabetes Day is celebrated on November 14 to commemorate the birth day of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, was instrumental in the discovery of insulin in 1922, a life-saving treatment for diabetes patients. It was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses, and became an official United Nations Day in 2007.

The annual observance is designed to raise global awareness of diabetes and its escalating rates worldwide, and to help prevent the disease. WHO estimates that more than 346 million individuals have diabetes, a number that is likely to more than double by 2030 without intervention. This year is the second of a 5-year period campaign to address the growing need for diabetes education and prevention programs.

In recognition of World Diabetes Day, which is celebrated by more than 160 countries and territories, we’ve of Pharmacy Times have compiled resources for pharmacists and other health care providers who care for patients with diabetes.

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