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The Day After World Diabetes Day

By: M.Bollinger

Yesterday was World Diabetes Day!!!

It was EXACTLY what I needed. After being disappointed about the lack of support for National Diabetes Awareness Month in my hometown, I was thrilled to see how other people around the world chose to bring diabetes to light.

Seeing the beautiful display of BLUE monuments and buildings throughout the world, and the creativity of the people who found a way to put a personal mark on the day, I’m more inspired and determined than ever to help my city go blue in 2011.

World Diabetes Day is recognized by the United Nations as being a UNified effort to bring about global awareness and action to address the growing diabetes epidemic. 

Diabetes is a global problem with devastating human, social and economic impact. Today more than 300 million people worldwide are living with diabetes. Each year another 7 million people develop diabetes..

More than 300 monuments and buildings in 40 different countries were lit as beacons of hope for the millions of people worldwide living with diabetes

Here are some of my favorites… 




Northern Ireland


Sacramento State Capitol

World Diabetes Day is powerful because it represents UNITY.

It isn’t just a day for people with type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes.  It’s a day for all of humanity.

I saw this video of a father and son singing “That’s My Type”, which they wrote for World Diabetes Day to recognize the “type 3 diabetics”.
It’s a great reminder that at the end of the day… diabetes, in some way, will affect us all.


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