World Diabetes Day, which takes place annually on November 14, was established in 1991 by the World Health Organization and the International Diabetes Federation in response to the rapid increase in incidence of diabetes world-wide. November 14 was chosen because it is the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea leading to the discovery of insulin in 1922.
November also happens to be National Diabetes Awareness Month, for which a new theme is chosen every year. This year’s theme is “Be Smart About Your Heart: Control the ABCs of Diabetes.” The goal, of course, is to help those who have diabetes better understand that there is an increased risk for heart disease for those with this condition, and that they can lower that risk by managing the diabetes ABCs: the A1C test, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Stop Smoking.
Throughout the month we will be posting new articles on managing the diabetes ABCs, and hope that you will take part in not only raising awareness for diabetes, but also raise awareness around managing risk for heart disease.
Have you made any recent lifestyle changes to better your health? Please share with us in the comments!