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2021 Impact Report

You helped advance diabetes research breakthroughs in 2021

Thank you for helping End Diabetes Now.

Dr. Gregory SteinbergProtecting cardiac and neural health

Your support uncovers new ways to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Diabetes contributes to 40% of heart attacks and 30% of strokes in Canada. Dr. Gregory Steinberg is working to prevent sudden heart complications in people with diabetes.

Inflammation from cells in the immune system can cause blood glucose levels to rise, a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. Currently, however, it is not possible to know which people with high blood glucose levels will end up experiencing these complications.

"My grandmother was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and had a debilitating stroke. With your help, I’m applying my knowledge of metabolism to help prevent devastating complications in people with diabetes." — Dr. Gregory Steinberg

Your generosity helps Dr. Steinberg and his team develop new tests to help predict which people are at highest risk. With a new therapy that prevents inflammation and lowers blood glucose, these findings could reduce heart attacks and strokes and save lives.

Cathy and her daughterPeople living with diabetes can’t wait

A message from Cathy

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 45 years ago, at a time when no one understood the disease at all. Blood testing was nowhere near as accurate and, without greater information, blood glucose was impossibly hard to manage.

For me, diabetes has meant a lifetime of losses.

I lost my vision at age 21.

I lost a baby who was delivered too soon because of diabetes complications.

I’ve lost family and friends to this disease.

And now, because I’m at high risk from COVID-19, I’ve lost so much time.

Today, my daughter lives with type 1 diabetes, as well. The faster we can make research advancements, the more hopeful I am that she will live free from the unexpected and sudden complications of diabetes. Thank you so much for supporting Canada’s best researchers as they work to end diabetes.

Diabetes research advances are only possible with your support. Your annual gifts get us closer to a cure, faster, by funding life-saving breakthroughs for millions of Canadians living with diabetes.

Photo of support workers and an insulin injectionBeing there for Canadians with diabetes during COVID-19

According to recent data, people with diabetes who contract COVID-19 are 5.3 times more likely to be hospitalized, 7.5 times more likely to end up in the ICU and 6.9 times more likely to die.

People living with diabetes may already have inflammation and higher blood glucose levels that can be worsened by COVID-19. They may also have problems with blood vessels that can increase risk for blood clots.

During the pandemic, supporters like you have helped Diabetes Canada offer information, advocacy, and resources to people living with diabetes. Although rates of vaccination are increasing, those with diabetes continue to be at greater risk of complications from COVID-19, related to their diabetes.

The COVID-19 pandemic is one more example of how the impact of diabetes is more than the disease itself, and how having diabetes can have far reaching and sometimes deadly consequences for our loved ones. That’s why your support today is so critical.

Diabetes360.PNGTaking action NOW to save lives

National Diabetes Framework Passed into Canadian Law

With the help of supporters like you, Diabetes Canada has worked over the past several years to urge governments to commit to supporting a nation-wide diabetes strategy for Canada, known as Diabetes 360°. In June 2021, these efforts became a reality. We are thrilled to see the passage of Bill C237 into law, along with the 2021 Budget Commitment to a National Framework on Diabetes.

The implementation of Diabetes 360° could prevent millions of cases of diabetes and hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations for diabetes-related complications over the next ten years.

You will fund life-saving diabetes discoveries in 2022.

Thank you for your loyal support.