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About World Diabetes Day

In 1991, World Diabetes Day was established by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organisation in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. The day aims to promote the importance of taking coordinated and concerted actions to confront diabetes. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2020 is The Nurse and Diabetes. The campaign aims to raise awareness around the crucial role that nurses play in supporting people living with diabetes.

1 in 11 (463 million adults) were living with diabetes in 2019. The number of people living with diabetes is expected rise to 578 million by 2030. Neuropathic pain is a common presentation among people with diabetes. In fact, diabetes is one of the leading causes of neuropathic pain. Outside of neuropathic features, people with diabetes often present with higher level of musculoskeletal pain than the general healthy population. Patients with pain with other comorbidities (e.g. diabetes) report higher levels of disability and reduced quality of life compared to patients with pain only.

To help patients with diabetes get active, check out the European Pain Federation On the Move campaign for tips and resources (available in 11 languages!). Be sure as well to save the date for our Pain in Europe XII – Congress taking place on 27-30 April 2022 in Dublin, Ireland. The theme will be ‘Targeting Pain and its Comorbidities in Digital Age’.

To download World Diabetes Day’s wonderful collection of resources, please visit: