World Diabetes Day: Blue circles across the globe

World Diabetes Day

November 14 marks World Diabetes Day, an annual campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations that engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness. The day itself marks the birthday of Doctor Frederick Banting, whose research, along with Charles Best, led to the discovery of insulin in 1922. We always look forward to November 14, and recognize it in different ways around the globe at Medtronic Diabetes offices. 

How do you celebrate World Diabetes Day? Here are Medtronic team members from around the globe showing their support for the diabetes community by standing in a “human circle”!


San Antonio Team 







Canada Team  



Germany Team  




Poland Team  



Tolo Team  




UK Marketing Team 

UK PS Team  




Japan Team   

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Submitted by Tammy Matthews (not verified) on

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I would like to do more to spread awareness but not sure how. I post and repost alot of things on my facebook page but I don't feel like that's enough! I wish you or someone else had a team in Ohio so that I could do more about this. Please let me know if their is anything in my surrounding area I could do to help spread awareness! I have been diabetic for 19 years now and I am very dedicated to helping find a cure and spreading awareness for those living with and/or have a loved one living with diabetes.

Submitted by Karrie Hawbaker (not verified) on

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Tammy, that is wonderful you’d like to become more involved spreading diabetes awareness! There are many ways you can do this. To start, we recommend getting in touch with your local JDRF chapter and/or ADA chapter for ways to get locally involved. There are also many places online to connect with others who are living with diabetes. You can use the following link to find a few of them - We’re here to support you!

Wow, Lenny sure does get around!

But more seriously, it's pretty cool to see the faces of the people I've spoken to on the HelpLine before (I assume they're in those pictures somewhere, even though I don't know which ones they are). It kind of "humanizes" the whole interaction a bit more.

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