World Diabetes Day | November 14

The neighbours are going to wonder what's up with the blue 
Christmas lights today.

I am heading outside to light my house up with BLUE Christmas lights and spotlights. 

It's World Diabetes Day.

Anyone who know me well knows that I do what I can to spread the word about Diabetes - 
Type 1 Diabetes in particular.

And if you read my blog, you already know our story about our son's diagnoses and daily routine.

But here are a few facts:

Approximately 8% of the World's population is living with Diabetes - 366,000.000
this number is expected to rise by 2030 to 552 million
North America accounts for about 11%

Number of People living with Diabetes in Canada - 2,716,135

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of premature illness and death

Many people in developing countries with Type 1 Diabetes die before they diagnosed

Type 2 Diabetes is responsible for about 85-95% of Diabetes in high income countries

Insulin is vital for survival for individuals with Type 1 Diabetes

In Africa, 78% of people with Diabetes
 are undiagnosed
A person requiring insulin for survival in Zambia will live an average of 11 years

World Diabetes Day is celebrated on November 14th to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who's - along with Charles Best, award winning ideas lead to the discovery of insulin in 1922

Diabetes Education and Prevention is this years focus of WDD.

The blue circle - symbolizes life and health. Adopted in 2007 to mark the passage of the United Nations World Diabetes Day Resolution, is the global symbol for Diabetes.
The circle signifies the unity of the Diabetes community and the blue colour reflects the sky which unites all the nations of the world.

I believe that getting the word out about Diabetes and knowing the signs and symptoms will help get people diagnosed, reducing the amount of deaths and long term implications of the Diabetes like blindness, amputations and kidney disease and help those with the disease take better care of themselves so they can live longer, healthier lives. 

I believe that it is possible to see a cure in my son's lifetime.

Think Blue. Wear Blue.