Time for World Diabetes Day

If you only have 5 seconds, please look at this graphic –

If you only have 3 minutes, please watch this video –

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Big Blue Test! We did it! This organization and others doing important work around the world will now receive donations that literally will provide life saving supplies for people with diabetes around the world.

If you have 3 more minutes, please listen to this message from the President of IDF, Jean Claude Mbanya –

If you can spare 14 minutes, please learn about what is being done for people with diabetes in Haiti –

If you have 16 more minutes – please watch this documentary about Life for a Child –


Diabetes is one of the major health and development challenges of the 21st century. No country, rich or poor, is immune to the epidemic. It is a chronic, incurable, costly, and increasing but largely preventable non-communicable disease (NCD) which is responsible for millions of deaths annually, debilitating complications, and incalculable human misery. Despite the size and toll of the diabetes epidemic, until recently diabetes and related NCDs have been marginalised on the global health and development agenda.

As the legitimate global voice for people with diabetes, we are working to change this ‘diabetes paradox.’ Through coordinated advocacy at the global level and at the national level through our member associations, we are working to make change for the millions of people living with diabetes. (source)


If you are reading this post, either you or someone you love probably has diabetes. I don’t need to tell you about the diabetes epidemic. The epidemic is in your house. We will not solve the diabetes crisis by just talking to other people with diabetes. I am feeling the need to do more this year to change the lives of people living with diabetes around the world. I don’t know exactly how yet, but I am eager to learn more.

Tonight I will be hosting one of the hours of the World Diabetes Day Twitter chat. I hope you will join me from 6-7 pm EST and brainstorm together how we can get the attention of the world on the epidemic of diabetes.

1 Comment

  • Those videos are heart-breaking. We have so much. So much. I’ve been struggling with what to do with the money we raise through our “Cans for a Cure” Drive – I just haven’t been able to figure out what organization to donate the money to. I’m going to talk to Ella about Life For a Child – I’m sure she’ll agree this would be a good cause to support. Thank you for bringing this organization to my attention.

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