World Diabetes Day was launched in 1991 in response to the rapid rise of diabetes around the world. Nov 14th is the birthday of Frederick Banting who was instrumental in the discovery of insulin. Number of people with diabetes in India has gone up from 26 million in 1990 to 65 million in 2016. For every 100 overweight adults in India, there were 38 adults with diabetic. The increase has been attributed to the switch from traditional foodstuffs.