Every 14 November is World Diabetes Day, a UN observance dedicated to raising global awareness of the plight of diabetes and of how to prevent it and cure it.
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World Diabetes Day shines the spotlight on diabetes mellitus, both Types 1 and 2. The International Diabetes Federation has a special theme for this day, which differs year to year. Themes such as type 2 diabetes spreading rapidly and going untreated, despite its being both preventable and treatable; or advances in the insulin-based treatment of type 1 diabetes; or the causes, symptoms, lifestyle changes, or human rights issues related to diabetes, are often in focus this time of year.
On World Diabetes Day there is increased public awareness campaigns in the media on the growing problem of diabetes, not only in the West but also now in less developed parts of the world as well. And there may also be fundraising drives and special events that allow people to get involved in doing something about diabetes.