14 November every year is marked as World Diabetes Day to promote awareness about the impact of diabetes disease, its prevention, and diabetes education both individually and collectively. The day was established in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation with support from the World Health Organization to address the growing concerns posed by diabetes. World Diabetes day became an official UN day in 2006.
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The theme for World Diabetes Day 2021-23 is Access to Diabetes Care. Year 2021 also marks the 100th anniversary of insulin’s discovery – the first life-saving treatment for diabetes. Covid-19 has also added to the increase in the number of diabetics all across the globe, including India. And with more than 537 million global adults suffering from diabetes, the need to adopt a healthy lifestyle with a mix of balanced diet and physical activity has become an absolute necessity.