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WHO aims to stimulate and support the adoption of effective measures for the surveillance, prevention and control of diabetes and its complications, particularly in low and middle-income countries. To this end, WHO:
provides scientific guidelines for diabetes prevention;
develops norms and standards for diabetes diagnosis and care;
builds awareness on the global epidemic of diabetes; celebration of World Diabetes Day (14 November);
conducts surveillance of diabetes and its risk factors.
The WHO Global strategy on diet, physical activity and health complements WHO's diabetes work by focusing on population-wide approaches to promote healthy diet and regular physical activity, thereby reducing the growing global problem of overweight and obesity.
* Defined as fasting blood glucose >= 7 mmol/l or on medication for raised blood glucose or with a history of diagnosis of diabetes.