World Diabetes Day

On World Diabetes Day, held each year on 14 November, Novo Nordisk asks everyone to open their eyes to the growing diabetes challenge and join the fight against diabetes. The diabetes pandemic is an emergency in slow motion. 

  • It is estimated that more than one in 16 people in the UK has diabetes
  • There are 3.9 million people living with diabetes in the UK, and a further 590,000 who have diabetes but have not been diagnosed
  • Since 1996, the number of people with diabetes in the UK has increased from 1.4 million to over 4 million
  • By 2025, it is estimated that five million people will have diabetes in the UK
  • There are about 31,500 children and young people with diabetes, under the age of 19, in the UK
  • 4.75 million people in the UK are at high risk of getting Type 2 diabetes
  • The total cost associated with diabetes in the UK currently stands at £23.7 billion and is predicted to rise to £39.8 billion by 2035/6

More than 415 million people worldwide already have diabetes and this figure is expected to rise to 642 million by 2040.


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About World Diabetes Day

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.

World Diabetes Day is 14 November - the birthday of Frederick Banting, whose work with Charles Best led to the discovery of insulin in 1921.  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 Nations World Health Day.



This page is intended for members of the UK public
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