UN Says 14 November Is World Diabetes Day

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World Diabetes Day – an official United Nations world day – will once again focus on children and adolescents with diabetes in 2008. The day is marked each year on 14 November and has been celebrated since 1991 when it was created by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Type 1 diabetes in children and adolescents. Almost 200 children a day develop type 1 diabetes. Roughly half million children live with type 1 diabetes globally. Report on type 1 diabetes in your country. Interview parents, children and doctors.

Access to care - Children with type 1 diabetes in developing countries often die without assistance. The IDF Life for a Child Program keeps children alive in 17 countries. Interview the doctors at one of our program centres or the global program manager – Dr. Graham Ogle. www.lifeforachild.org

Type 2 - With rising obesity rates, type 2 diabetes is increasing rapidly among children. Find out what is driving the epidemic, the effects of type 2 diabetes on children and the future complications. Interview global expert Dr. Francine Kaufman and other IDF experts.

Know the warning signs – parents, teachers, medical professionals often mistake the warning signs for diabetes for the flu (influenza). The IDF booklet features the warning signs of diabetes in children which will allow early diagnosis of the disease. Interview IDF Expert Dr. Henk-Jan Aanstoot and local experts.


Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA)- one of the aims of this year’s campaign is to reduce DKA or diabetic coma. DKA is the leading cause of death and disability in children with type 1 diabetes around the world. Interview Dr. Kaufman, Dr. Aanstoot or a member of the ISPAD community (paediatric endocrinology society). www.worlddiabetesday.org/dka

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are different. Please note that in your reports.

o Type 1 diabetes – is an autoimmune disease characterized by the destruction of the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. As a result, people(children) with type 1 diabetes produce very little or no insulin and must take insulin by injection or insulin pump to stay alive. Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented.

o Type 2 diabetes – is marked by insulin resistance. People (children) with type 2 diabetes cannot use the insulin that they produce effectively. They can often manage their condition through exercise and diet. However, in many cases oral drugs are needed and often insulin is required. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented.

Global diabetes epidemic – currently, over 250 million people worldwide live with diabetes. By 2025, this number will grow to 380 million. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 85-95% of all diabetes in developed countries and even more in developing countries. Diabetes places a severe burden on lives, healthcare systems, economies and families. Interview one of our experts on global, regional, national prevalence of diabetes. Read our Diabetes Atlas - http://www.eatlas.idf.org/media/

World lights up in blue to mark World Diabetes Day – last year over 279 buildings and monuments lit in blue around the world to mark World Diabetes Day. This year we aim for 500 monuments. While it is still early, buildings have already been confirmed. Find out what is lighting in your country in 2008 and what was lit in blue last year.

World Diabetes Day activities – our over 200 member associations in 160 countries will all host activities before, during and after World Diabetes Day which will generate great stories for coverage. In addition, we have various Friends of WDD – WDD bug racing in Baja 1000, or our WDD Bike racing throughout the Middle East. Find these stories in your area through our events page.