World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a lifelong disease in which the body cannot process sugar properly. When people who have diabetes eat glucose, which is found in foods such as breads, potatoes and sweets, it can’t be converted into energy. Instead of being converted into energy, the glucose stays in the blood. This is why people who have diabetes have blood sugar (glucose) that is too high.


Symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Weight loss
  • Frequent urination
  • Lack of energy
  • Blurred vision

Click here to download the Lancet Diabetes Patient Information leaflet and the IDF info-graphic: