According to the World Health Organization, more than 346 million people worldwide have diabetes, a number that could double by 2030 without intervention. In the US only, 26 million children and adults have diabetes at a cost of $174 billion (2007), and as many as one of three U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue.
The mission of the International Diabetes Federation is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide. World Diabetes Day is a campaign that features a new theme chosen by the International Diabetes Federation each year to address issues facing the global diabetes community. Find more at www.idf.org/worlddiabetesday.
The theme for 2012 is Protect our Future:
And to show your support for people with diabetes, wear blue on November 14.