#KnowYourRisk on
World Diabetes Day

Diabetes risk test

It takes 2 minutes to find out if you are at risk of type 2 diabetes.

What is the biggest risk in your city?

Many people don’t consider diabetes when they think about risk. But the number of people with diabetes is rising, and half of them do not know they have it, leading to serious and life-threatening complications. 

Since the majority of people with diabetes today live in urban areas, we are heading from city to city to ask people what they think is the biggest risk. 

Follow us on social media

We want to make sure everyone knows their risk. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn as we talk to people on the streets about city risk and urban diabetes. Use the hashtag #KnowYourRisk and tell us about the biggest risk in your city.

Are your urban habits a diabetes risk?

Cities are attracting more people, but many urban habits, such as poor diet and inactivity, put you at a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Find out more about what causes diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes risk factors

Find out more about type 2 diabetes and additional risk factors.

193 million people have undiagnosed diabetes

About World Diabetes Day

The day was first introduced in 1991 to raise awareness about diabetes: its causes, its prevention and the devastating effects it has on human lives and healthcare systems worldwide. 

World Diabetes Day is 14 November – the birthday of Frederick Banting, whose work with Charles Best led to the discovery of insulin in 1921. 

Every World Diabetes Day, Novo Nordisk partners with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to unite people with diabetes, employees, partners and the general public with a call to change diabetes.

Read more about the World Diabetes Day campaign by the International Diabetes Federation here.

  1. International Diabetes Federation. IDF Diabetes Atlas. 7th edn. Brussels, Belgium: International Diabetes Federation. 2015
  2. International Diabetes Federation, Risk Factors, idf.org/about-diabetes/risk-factors
  3. Hu FB, Manson JE, Stampfer MJ, et al. Diet, lifestyle, and the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus in women. N Engl J Med. 2001; 345:790–7
  4. Willi C, Bodenmann P, Ghali WA, Faris PD, Cornuz J. Active Smoking and the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2007; 298:2654–2664

Spread the word

Info graphic: It takes 2 minutes to #KnowYourRisk

Download the poster and help others find out their risk. See the WDD infographic poster (pdf).

Cities Changing Diabetes

Cities Changing Diabetes

This year Vancouver joins the global fight against urban diabetes.
Find out more. 

Take steps for diabetes

Global diabetes walk

Join the global diabetes walk on November 14. 
Get more information


Risk assessment test

Find out if you are at risk of type 2 diabetes