Here's a startling quote from Diabetesatlas.org (which is an excellent place to go for fact sheets and interactives)
"415 million adults have diabetes. By 2040 this will rise to 642 million."Wow! Those numbers are staggering.
Clearly there is a need for a little awareness so we can try to turn those numbers around. I've written about our sugar-saturated & overly-obese society before. When I look at the dates of my posts, the conversation hasn't changed much over the last five years.
World Diabetes Day is a global awareness campaign that is spear-housed by the International Diabetes Federation. Last year, over 100 countries had dedicated events to raising awareness in both the dietary and hereditary causes of diabetes, and how to handle life if you are afflicted with this chronic condition. This year, 323 events are scheduled in 76 countries. The first World Diabetes Day was in 2007.
Here is an infographic with some more eye-opening statistics:
To learn more about World Diabetes Day, check out some of the following resources:
- WDD World Events
- Ideas for how to get involved
- Facts & Figures & Even More Stats
- Diabetes Atlas
- Past European Campaigns
- Multiple Articles About Diabetes & Sugar at Food NDTV
- Sugar-Free, High-Fiber Recipes to Celebrate World Diabetes Day
- Recipes from American Diabetes Association
- 20 Tasty Diabetic-Friendly Recipes from Health.com
Images from: http://www.idf.org/regions/europe/WDD; Infographic from http://www.eaglenews.ph/world-diabetes-day/