{Diabetes Awareness Month} The Blue Circle

by Leighann on November 8, 2011

Amy Tenderich of Diabetes Mine asked: Why doesn’t diabetes have a single, recognizable symbol like the ubiquitous pink ribbon for breast cancer?

As we were getting ready to walk out the door on the morning of November 1, I asked Q if she would like to wear a blue circle pin on her shirt. I told her that she can wear it every day this month if she likes to help raise diabetes awareness. She commented that she would ask her teacher if she could do a show-and-tell.

On the way to school she said, “But wait, I thought the symbol for diabetes was red.”

Even my seven-year-old is wondering why we can’t have one symbol that is recognizable by all!

You can read more about the campaign for a unified symbol on Diabetes Mine where there is a link to a petition being compiled Diabetic Connect. Those who sign the petition are entered to win a set of blue circle pins and bracelets.

You can order blue circle pins directly from the International Diabetes Federation, but you may not get them in time for World Diabetes Day on November 14th. They are about $17 US for 10 pins.

Further Reading

More Diabetes Awareness Month posts

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dawn November 8, 2011 at 9:26 am

Heck, I thought it was a gray ribbon! Blue, red, gray?!?


2 Tonya November 8, 2011 at 10:00 am

Yep, our awareness ribbon is grey – or I prefer to call it SILVER, the circle is BLUE and the ADA’s stuff is RED. I think we should all get behind the BLUE CIRCLE and make that symbol as well recognized as the pink ribbon.


3 AmyT November 8, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Thanks a million, Leighann! We really do think a universal symbol is important, and here’s my explanation of how and why:



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