World Diabetes Day | November 14, 2010

For those of you who did not know, today is World Diabetes Day. I’m sure many of you have someone in your lives who has diabetes.  Here is a brief description of what the day is all about (thanks to Wikipedia)…

World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign of the diabetes mellitus world and is held on November 14 of each year. It was introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to the alarming rise of diabetes around the world. 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. While the campaigns last the whole year, the day itself marks the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.

Today is important to me because this year I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.  Every day I must check my blood sugar at least 8 times. I also wear an insulin pump called an OmniPod, because my body no longer makes insulin (a hormone that regulates your blood sugar). Thanks to modern technology, I am alive and am able to live a fairly normal life.

In support of all other diabetics, I wore blue which was part of the campaign awareness. For fun, I made some sugar-free chocolate cupcakes! I bought some blue candles and arranged the cupcakes to appear like the diabetes symbol (the blue circle).

Check out a photo I took before eating one!

To learn more about World Diabetes Day and Type 1 Diabetes please visit the following websites:

www.worlddiabetesday.org

http://www.jdrf.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewpage&page_id=9F1F48DB-1321-C834-03BB6FE7BA9F36C4

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2 responses

  1. Lorraine

    Happy world diabetes day to you! Thanks for bringing attention to the day, the disease and what is really means to live with it (like being able to eat cupcakes!).

    November 15, 2010 at 8:10 am

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