Monday, 12 November 2012 15:04
ISLAMABAD: World Diabetes Day will be celebrated on November 14 under the slogan of "Diabetes: Protect our Future" to increase an awareness of the effects of diabetes and its complications amongst the general population and professionals in a range of sectors.
WHO (World Health Organization) estimates that more than 346 million people worldwide have diabetes. This number is likely to more than double by 2030 without intervention. Almost 80 per cent of diabetes deaths occur in low-and middle-income countries.
Started by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and WHO, World Diabetes Day raises global awareness of diabetes, its escalating rates around the world and how to prevent the illness in most cases.
Day was first commemorated on November 14, 2007, and is observed annually. Day is linked to the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, was instrumental in the discovery of insulin in 1922, a life- saving treatment for diabetes patients.