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Seven small acts you can do this World Diabetes Day

Seven Small Acts this World Diabetes Day

One small act can make a difference. What can you do?                

When we come together, the small actions we take can have a big impact. Whether that's everyone out there sharing one piece of helpful information about diabetes on social media, or sending a postcard to someone who needs to hear a message of support right now - we can all play our part in rallying together even in the most difficult times. 

Don't forget to head to our tools and downloads for everything you need to take part, and to spread the word. 

1. Share one small piece of advice     

What’s the best piece of advice you could give to someone living with diabetes right now? Whether that’s someone who has just been diagnosed, or maybe someone who is finding things particularly tough at the moment? 

Download our social media tools to help you share your tip and add the hashtag #AllTogether.

2. Take one small step to help someone know their risk of type 2 diabetes  

It’s not always easy to know when you’re at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, but our simple Know Your Risk tool is a small step that could make a big difference to someone’s health. If you want to find out your risk, or if you are someone who already lives with any type of diabetes and want to encourage others to know their risk of type 2, it’s quick and easy to find out. Use our Know Your Risk tool today. Or you can speak to your GP, nurse or local pharmacist for more information. 

3. Share one small video to raise awareness of the signs of type 1 diabetes 

Type 1 diabetes can affect both children and adults, but it’s not always easy to spot the signs and symptoms. Our handy 4Ts reminder will help you know what to look out for. These four small words could make all the difference to someone’s life. 

Share our video on social media to help people know the four signs to look for.                     

4. Send one small message of support

Let someone with diabetes know you’re there for them. It could make all the difference at a really tough time. 

Download our postcard (PDF, 3.2MB) or order free printed postcards from our shop and write a message, or share your support on social media with our social media tools and make a difference to hundreds of other people who might need a helping hand right now. 

5. Paint all your nails blue     

Take on our #NailingDiabetes challenge and paint your nails blue on World Diabetes Day, share your photo to raise awareness, and donate to help Diabetes UK change lives. For all our loved ones living with diabetes, for you, for the days you feel like you're nailing your diabetes, and the days you don't - and for everyone who's been there to support you on those tough days. 

Find out more about we're Nailing Diabetes this World Diabetes Day.     

6. Share one small hope for the future of diabetes

Let’s get together (virtually) on World Diabetes Day to explore the future of diabetes. Tune in to a special World Diabetes Day programme, live on Facebook at 4:00pm on Saturday 14 November. Save the date.

Or come along to our virtual Type 1 and Tech conference, hosted on Zoom on World Diabetes Day. Places are limited so make sure you’ve registered

Join the debate on the day on social media, or the Diabetes UK Support Forum.

7. Send one small thank you 

Come together with us and say thank you to the people who have been there for you on the tough days this year. Whether that’s your partner, your mum or your dad, your best friend or your Diabetes Specialist Nurse – send them a postcard or say thank you on social media, and let them know how much their support means to you. 

We’ll start by saying how grateful we are to everyone who has supported us and made our work possible this year. We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you. 

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