World Diabetes Day takes place on the 14th November every year. It has grown from humble beginnings to become a globally-celebrated event which increases awareness about diabetes.

Comprising hundreds of campaigns, activities, screenings, lecture, meetings and more, World Diabetes Day is proving internationally effective in spreading the message about diabetes and raising awareness for the condition.

World Diabetes Day is internationally recognised and is an official United Nations Day.

World Diabetes Day

Each year, World Diabetes Day, which is co-ordinated by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), carries a particular theme. To learn more about World Diabetes Day, visit

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World Diabetes Day 2022

The theme for World Diabetes Day 2022 is once again: Diabetes Education.

The aim is to raise awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and support network of those affected, as well as promoting the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of diabetes.

Who introduced World Diabetes Day?

World Diabetes Day was jointly introduced by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). The global diabetes awareness campaign was introduced amidst concern over an escalating diabetes epidemic.

Why is November 14th World Diabetes Day?

November 14th is a significant date in the diabetes calendar because it marks the birthday of the man who co-discovered insulin, Frederick Banting. Banting discovered insulin in 1922, alongside Charles Best.

World Diabetes Day logo

The logo of World Diabetes Day is a blue circle, and this is recognised by hundreds of thousands of people with diabetes throughout the world.

World Diabetes Day (which is a separate from Diabetes Week, a UK-wide event) is a truly international event, and having a distinctive logo is an essential part of spreading the message about diabetes to as wide audience as possible.

Where is World Diabetes Day celebrated?

World Diabetes Day is celebrated throughout the world. A truly global event, World Diabetes Day occurs in over 200 diabetic member associations, in over 160 different countries. Further associations, medical professionals, and individuals all over the world join together to celebrate World Diabetes Day.

How do people celebrate World Diabetes Day?

World Diabetes Day is celebrated in a vast number of ways around the globe.

These include a range of activities and events, including:

  • meetings and lectures to spread public information
  • sporting events for adults and children
  • television and radio programmes
  • leaflet and poster campaigning
  • exhibitions and conferences
  • ..and much, much more!

World Diabetes Day blue buildings

Each World Diabetes Day famous buildings and monuments all over the world are lit up in blue. This powerful and striking image helps to spread the message about World Diabetes Day to diabetics and non-diabetics alike.

Famous buildings that have been lit up in the past on World Diabetes Day include the Sears Tower, the London Eye and Brisbane City Hall.

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