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  • Writer's pictureJace Shoemaker-Galloway

World Diabetes Day

An annual event that raises awareness about the escalating cases of diabetes around the world is here. Nov. 14 is World Diabetes Day (WDD), a “holiday” that shines the spotlight on the complications of diabetes and the prevention of the disease.

The International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), launched World Diabetes Day in 1991. The date was chosen because it commemorates the birthday of Frederick G. Banting, one of the people credited for discovering insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar.

Each year, individuals, healthcare professionals, businesses and organizations around the world will take part in various grassroots activities and events, walks and runs. The Blue Circle is the universal symbol of diabetes. In an effort to shine the spotlight on the disease and "go blue," many buildings, monuments and landmarks around the world go “blue” with special blue lighting.

Diabetes is a chronic condition which occurs when the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin or when the body can’t effectively use the insulin. There are several types of diabetes - Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes. Early screening, physical activity and embracing lifestyle changes are simple steps we all can take to help keep diabetes at bay. Go Blue for World Diabetes Day.

Nov. 14 is also National Pickle Day.

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