World Diabetes Day

Aims to:
Be the platform to promote International Diabetes Federation advocacy efforts throughout the year.
Be the global driver to promote the importance of taking coordinated and concerted actions to confront diabetes as a critical global health issue.

What is World Diabetes Day?

World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation 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. World Diabetes Day is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight. The campaign is represented by a blue circle logo that was adopted in 2007 after the passage of the UN Resolution on diabetes. The blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes awareness. It signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes epidemic.

Prevalence of Both Diagnosed and Undiagnosed Diabetes

  • An estimated 30.3 million people of all ages—or 9.4% of the U.S. population—had diabetes in 2015
    • There are 23.1 million people diagnosed
    • There are 7.2 million people undiagnosed
  • This total included 30.2 million adults aged 18 years or older (12.2% of all U.S. adults), of which 7.2 million (23.8%) were not aware of or did not report having diabetes

(Source: Centers for Disease Control, National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2017)

Free diabetes education is available

Classes are offered throughout the Sacramento geographic region at UC Davis Health  locations.