Today, Thursday, 14th November is World Diabetes Day.
The theme for diabetes awareness month and World Diabetes Day 2019 is Family and Diabetes.
In 2007, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution designating 14 November as World Diabetes Day.
The resolution recognised the urgent need to pursue multilateral efforts to promote and improve human health and provide access to treatment and health-care education.
It also encouraged Member States to develop national policies for the prevention, treatment and care of diabetes, in line with the sustainable development of their health-care systems.
Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke and lower limb amputation.
However, it can be treated and its consequences avoided or delayed with medication, regular screening and treatment for complications.