World Diabetes Day

Millions of steps for change

Diabetes is a pandemic, and its prevalence is growing in every country around the world. Of the hundreds of millions of people with the condition, almost half do not even know they have it, putting them at risk of developing serious complications such as heart attacks, blindness, kidney failure and loss of limbs. Clearly, World Diabetes Day has a greater role to play in raising awareness about diabetes than ever before.

We will be mobilising our entire organisation on 14 November to raise awareness about the diabetes pandemic – and the urgent need for change across every aspect of healthcare and policymaking.

We organise activities on a global scale to raise awareness, drive prevention and early detection of diabetes. This World Diabetes Day, millions of people will come together and take their steps towards a healthier lifestyle. Because if we all take these steps together, we can change diabetes.

Our partnerships

Every World Diabetes Day, Novo Nordisk partners with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to unite people with diabetes, employees, partners and the general public with a call to change diabetes on World Diabetes Day.

Novo Nordisk’s history of taking action on World Diabetes Day in partnership with the IDF goes back to 2007. Shortly after 14 November was recognised as an UN-observed day. In 2013, this partnership brought more than 375,000 people together from all over the world, including people with diabetes, Novo Nordisk employees, decision-makers, healthcare professionals and the general public.

About World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day is 14 November – the birthday of Frederick Banting, whose work with Charles Best led to the discovery of insulin in 1921. 1 The day was first introduced in 1991 to raise awareness about diabetes: its causes, its prevention and the devastating effects it has on human lives and healthcare systems worldwide. Since the adoption of the United Nations (UN) Resolution on diabetes in December 2006, World Diabetes Day has become an official United Nations World Health Day.

Read more about the campaign driven by the International Diabetes Federation.



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Global Diabetes Walk

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