TORONTO, Ont. (Nov. 1, 2022) – Diabetes is one of Canada’s most successful diseases. With 640 new cases daily, 26 hourly, or 1 every 3 minutes— it’s not slowing down. That is why Diabetes Canada is raising awareness around the impacts of this chronic condition, which affects 11.7-million Canadians (with prediabetes and diabetes) and costs the health-care system almost $50 million to treat every day.
“If everyone who was impacted by diabetes took action, we would have a groundswell of transformative change,” says Diabetes Canada President & CEO Laura Syron. “With 1 in 3 people in Canada affected by diabetes, chances are your life has been touched by this epidemic, whether you live with the disease like I do, or care for someone who does.”
Throughout the month of November, Diabetes Canada will be shining a light on the impact of the disease through the voices of those living with diabetes, health-care providers, and supporters. The campaign aims to educate and empower individuals to take action—because tackling this growing epidemic will require transformative and collective action.
People can take action to help end diabetes by:
- Encouraging the government to fund the Framework for Diabetes in Canada. To learn more about this call-to-action visit diabetes.ca/framework
- Observing World Diabetes Day on November 14 at Banting House’s annual celebration in London, Ontario or by tuning in to the virtual livestream
- Visiting participating Pharmasave stores throughout November to participate in a point of sale promotion to raise funds for diabetes research, resources, D-camps and other initiatives
- Visiting your local Walmart (excluding Quebec) on Saturday, November 12 between 10am and 2pm for Diabetes Awareness Day. Pharmacists will be offering free diabetes type 2 screenings, blood glucose screenings and consultations. Opticians (available in select locations) will be offering eye health and diabetic retinopathy self-assessments, and assisting with scheduling eye exams as needed
- Getting involved in the campaign by visiting diabetes.ca/takeaction
About Diabetes Canada
A world free of the effects of diabetes is our vision. That’s why we’re working together to improve the quality of life of people living with diabetes. We’re sharing knowledge and creating connections for individuals and the health-care professionals who care for them; advocating through public policy; and funding research to improve treatments and find a cure to end diabetes.
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