Happy December 1, All! ‘Tis the season… and though diabetes might not seem like your typical inspiration for the holidays, there are a surprising number of D-related gifts that actually work — from hilarious T-shirts, to blue jewelry, to various aids for getting healthy. Our second annual DBMine Holiday Gift Guide has plenty of ways to incorporate a little diabetes fun into your gift-giving, and many of these options give yet again by supporting diabetes…Read more »
I’ve become accustomed to seeing the Pink Ribbon on soda cans and packages of cookies in the supermarket, but was a little stunned when I stopped by ULTA last week to pick up a jar of my favorite face cream, and discovered it packaged in a special breast-cancer-pink advocacy box! In fact, the whole store was having a Pink Ribbon promo. Wow! This is the type of consumer-grabbing campaign I’d like to see for diabetes…Read more »
Welcome to November, National Diabetes Awareness Month. Here’s a question for you this month: why doesn’t diabetes have a single, recognizable symbol like the ubiquitous pink ribbon for breast cancer?
The answer is, it could and should, if we patients make it happen!
It’s definitely time for change. Introducing our…
Join the Circle Campaign!
The IDF (International Diabetes Federation) unveiled the Blue Circle for diabetes back in 2006, “to signify unity of the global…
Speaking of World Diabetes Day, coming up November 14, I discovered this cool series of YouTube videos that the International Diabetes Federation has been pumping out to catch people’s attention. They’re short and evocative, all supporting the slogan “Understand Diabetes, Get Involved.”
For example, this bit on “how many people have diabetes worldwide?” Do you know the number? I didn’t offhand, either:
Or this one, reminding folks to never let neuropathy sneak up on them…Read more »
I can’t quite remember who asked me, but in front of San Francisco City Hall last Friday evening, during our World Diabetes Day celebrations, somebody pointed to my pin and asked, “Why the blue circle, anyway? What does that mean?”
They also wanted to know why the logo didn’t have the world “diabetes” stamped across it: “Who’s going to recognize that this stands for diabetes?!”
For goodness’ sake, it’s supposed to be like the ubiquitous…