Today is World Diabetes Awareness Day

The International Diabetes Federation would like to thank everyone for the time and effort they have invested to guarantee the global success of World Diabetes Day 2008.

Follow the day minute by minute

Follow the day minute by minute at http://www.worlddiabetesday.org. We are making images of events from around the world available as they come in. We will be working around the clock to support the global effort to make a difference for diabetes. Wherever you are, from Fiji to Canada, we are ready to post pictures of your event.

Please submit high-quality images of your event now to http://www.worlddiabetesday.org/flickr/submit?s=0en. The sooner we receive the images, the sooner we can make them available to the global media and highlight what you are doing to mark the day.

Take a moment to reflect

Whatever you are doing on World Diabetes Day, take just a moment to consider the facts behind the campaign:

  • Every 10 seconds a person dies from diabetes-related causes.
  • Every 10 seconds two people develop diabetes.
  • Over 250 million people live with diabetes worldwide.
  • In 2025, this figure will reach 380 million.
  • Over 500,000 children under age 15 worldwide live with type 1 diabetes.
  • More than 200 children a day develop type 1 diabetes.
  • In developing countries, close to 75,000 children live with diabetes in desperate circumstances.
  • Type 1 diabetes is increasing fastest in pre-school children, at a rate of 5% each year.
  • Type 2 diabetes has been reported in children as young as eight.
  • Type 2 diabetes affects children in both developed and developing countries.
  • A few reasons why we’re here today

World diabetes Day is an action-oriented campaign in support of people affected by diabetes around the world. The campaign is inspired by issues of paramount importance to people with diabetes and their families. Here are some of the stories that motivate us. (All names in the stories below have been changed to protect the identities of the individuals involved. If you have a story to share, send it to the World Diabetes Day team: wdd@idf.org).

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