Go Blue for diabetes

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11/13/2009

Tomorrow is World Diabetes Day.  Have you ever heard of it? It started in 1991 as a way to,  you guessed it, raise awareness about diabetes. The date, Nov. 14, was chosen because it is the birth date of Sir Frederick Banting, who discovered insulin, which I personally think is one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century.

The International Diabetes Federation, which created World Diabetes Day, issued a Blue Monument Challenge this year. More than 800 monuments will light up in blue. The monuments include: The Empire State Building, Niagara Falls, the London Eye in the United Kingdom, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, Place de la Concorde in France and Tokyo Tower in Japan, as well as monuments in South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and Germany.

According to the IDF, there are 285 million people with diabetes world wide.

Theresa Flaherty