The charity Diabetes UK says diabetes is the fastest growing health threat of our times, and an urgent public health issue. Since 1996, the number of people living with diabetes has more than doubled. If nothing changes, it is estimated that over five million people in the UK will have diabetes.
World Diabetes Day falls every year on 14 November and is a day when millions of people around the world come together to raise awareness of diabetes, and what it’s really like to live with the condition. It’s a global campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) with activity taking place around the world. In the week leading up to World Diabetes Day, Diabetes UK will be launching Taking Control, a new campaign to make sure more people get access to diabetes education to help them manage their condition well.