Supporting the Color Blue for World Diabetes Day

A member posted a blog post asking people to wear orange in support of women with diabetes during the month of November. I along with several other people commented about the color blue already being put out there to support diabetes. Those comments have now been deleted. Apparently, only people that support the color orange are allowed to comment on that blog.

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I think trying to push a different color would only confuse the issue even more. I encourage everyone to support diabetes and help get the word out there. But the fact is, the blue circle is the logo of World Diabetes Day. I copied this paragraph from the World Diabetes Day website explaining the blue logo:

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The World Diabetes Day logo is the blue circle - the global symbol for diabetes which was developed as part of the Unite for Diabetes awareness campaign. The logo was adopted in 2007 to mark the passage of the United Nations World Diabetes Day Resolution. It is a simple icon that can be easily adapted and widely adopted, the circle symbolizes life and health. The colour blue reflects the sky that unites all nations. The blue circle signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes pandemic.

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I personlly prefer the color orange over the color blue, but I am not the one that picked the color. Even if I do not care for the color blue, I can see the reasoning behind the choice of blue as the color to represent World Diabetes Day. Had I been allowed to vote and someone presented why they thought blue should be the color of choice, I probably would have voted for blue regardless of whether it is my favorite color or not. I don’t know how the color orange unites people other than on trick-or-treat day.

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We all should be working together to bring awareness to diabetes no matter what type, sex, race or country you are from. We are all in this together. Maybe the person that wrote the blog post about the color orange was not aware of World Diabetes Day – she is a new member here so may have never heard about it before. But I don’t think deleting people’s posts that pointed out the significance of the color blue was the right approach in making awareness to her cause. But of course, only the people that had already commented and received an email notice with other people’s comments know that anyone disagreed with the color orange.

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If you want to support orange or some other color, I promise I won’t delete your response! As I said, we should all work together and we all have a right to be heard. But I feel people are already confused enough about diabetes and we don’t need to confuse them even more by having them wonder what color really represents the diabetes community.

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Comment by The Diabetic Welfare Queen on October 20, 2010 at 5:14pm
I agree with you. :( BLUE is our color... Not orange. The world is already confused and divided enough about Diabetes, we don't need to throw in new colors into the mix to get everyone even more screwed up. :/
Comment by The Diabetic Welfare Queen on October 20, 2010 at 5:19pm
It also bothers me that they center their theme around women, as if Diabetes only affected women, or something... Much like breast cancer centers their theme around women, and isolating the many men who have also suffered and died from that disease... Like my husband's dad. He died of breast cancer. :/
Comment by Kelly WPA on October 20, 2010 at 5:35pm
Thanks Lizmari! I agree that everyone is already confused enough about diabetes and we don't need more colors. Someone just posted on another message board and asked what the color is supposed to be because the ADA uses red. I agree with you that it should not be centered around women. There are enough men that have it and suffer because of it.
Comment by Gerri on October 20, 2010 at 11:25pm
Blue is the designated color. Agree that this isn't a woman's issue. It's divisive & confusing to suggest another color.
Comment by badrirag on October 20, 2010 at 11:34pm
Gerri, i do not want to enter into any argument about the designated colors. Just wanted the community to know that Yellow color would give therapeutic value for diabetes.
Comment by Gerri on October 20, 2010 at 11:43pm
badrirag, I was replying to Kelly blog, not to your comment.
Comment by badrirag on October 20, 2010 at 11:49pm
Kerri, my apologies for the oversight. Thanks for pointing out this to me.
Comment by KimKat on October 21, 2010 at 12:35pm
How do people traditionally wear the blue circle in support of diabetes? I was thinking of a necklace with a blue circle on it. I am sure I could conjure something up. :)

I like blue better than orange too but that is my personal preference.
Comment by Kelly WPA on October 21, 2010 at 1:02pm
I don't have anything with a blue circle so just plan on wearing blue clothes.
Comment by Doris D on October 21, 2010 at 3:26pm
Well said!!!! For me orange is bot one of my favorite colors I much perfer blue/ But to each his own

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