World Diabetes Day 2021 – We’re not done yet

100 years ago, a major medical breakthrough happened when Canadian surgeon Frederick Banting and his colleagues discovered the medical potential of insulin.
This discovery, without a doubt, has saved millions of lives and is considered one of the greatest medical advancements in modern times.

This World Diabetes Day (Sunday 14 November), Diabetes Victoria is supporting the International Diabetes Federation’s awareness-raising campaign with the message: We’re not done yet. With this campaign, Diabetes Victoria is celebrating the medical breakthrough of the past 100 years while acknowledging that we still have further to go to find a cure for all types of diabetes. Diabetes Victoria is also announcing the recipients of the 2021 Trisha Dunning Research Scholarship.

Diabetes Victoria strives to support world class diabetes-related research, to further our understanding of this serious and complex condition. Every dollar directed towards research is important. Each research project funded may hold a vital key to that next breakthrough.
This is what you can do to support our campaign:

1.    Wear blue for diabetes – blue is the international colour of diabetes. 
2.    Take a blue circle selfie and post it on your socials.
3.    Download our campaign poster and share it widely.  
5.    Donate to diabetes research: diabetesvic.org.au/donate  
6.    If you live near Bendigo, watch as we’re lighting up the Conservatory Building in blue as our contribution to the international #BlueMonumentChallenge on Sunday 14 November. 
7.    Listen to our special WDD podcast episode: diabetesvic.org.au/podcasts

Campaign background:

100 years of insulin
World Diabetes Day is celebrated around the globe and falls every year on 14 November – the anniversary of Sir Frederick Banting’s birth. It was Banting who managed to isolate the insulin hormone for the first time in 1921. At the same time, a 14-year-old Leonard Thompson was dying of diabetic ketoacidosis in a Toronto hospital. Leonard then became the first person ever to be treated with insulin in January 1922 and, within 24 hours, his dangerously high blood glucose levels had dropped to near-normal levels.

Banting and his colleague John Macleod were honoured with the 1923 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and, it’s fair to say that all four key members of the Toronto team: Banting, Charles Best, Macleod and James Collip, have had a profound influence on the health of tens of millions of people throughout the world ever since. 

Despite this, 100 years later, we still haven’t reached the end of the road – a world free from diabetes. While there are now effective treatments and cutting-edge technology available for people with diabetes, we still haven’t found a cure.

Shining a light on diabetes – Blue Monument Challenge
Along with diabetes organisations throughout the world, Diabetes Victoria will participate in the Blue Monument Challenge on World Diabetes Day. This challenge was launched in 2007 and since then, thousands of iconic sites and buildings in over 80 countries have gone blue to raise awareness about diabetes. This year, we are shining a light on diabetes by lighting up Bendigo’s Conservatory Building on Sunday 14 November at sunset.

World Diabetes Day podcast episode
In Diabetes Victoria’s special podcast episode for World Diabetes Day, host Jack Fitzpatrick talks to Professor Peter Colman AM about Banting’s discovery – and how it has literally saved millions of lives. Professor Colman is a prominent Melbourne endocrinologist with the Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Professor Colman is also a Board Director of Diabetes Victoria and chairs the Clinical Advisory Committee. You can listen to this episode here: diabetesvic.org.au/podcasts