Right now, as youth, we have the opportunity to take part in an exciting new global health initiative called “unite for diabetes.”
On 20 December 2007, the United Nations passed a resolution creating World Diabetes Day on 14 November, and urging governments around the world to adopt progressive diabetes legislation. This is the first resolution passed by the UN concerning a chronic disease, and shows just how important diabetes has become around the world. Diabetes is just as much of a health issue as the many visible communicable diseases that plague our world.
Diabetes is one of the world’s fastest growing and dangerous diseases. In 2003, 194 million people worldwide were living with diabetes– by 2025 that number will increase to 333 million.
Over 3 million people die annually from diabetes related complications.
The heaviest burden of these dramatic numbers is placed on developing countries, devastating lives and economies around the world. A United Nations resolution will help encourage and facilitate a positive change for the future.
Help lend your support to the first ever UN resolution on diabetes by visiting the website (www.unitefordiabetes.org), by pledging to support the resolution, by living a healthy lifestyle, and by sharing your own personal story about diabetes.