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November 01, 2018 By Andrew Munday
Sponsored Content: The importance of knowing your risk

“I received a very high reading on my blood sugar test, [and] was shocked [because] I was quite active. I was convinced they made a mistake,” says Dale Alderson (pictured above). He was so convinced that he spent two years denying the fact that he had type 2 diabetes.

Diagnosed more than 25 years ago, Alderson’s journey toward accepting and managing the disease began with a search for more information about type 2 diabetes. This led him to Diabetes Canada, where he helps others in his hometown of Winnipeg. “That was the starting point – to think beyond myself, “says Alderson, now 67. “[From volunteering] I realized just how prevalent diabetes is.”

Approximately 27 per cent of Manitobans are affected by diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes or prediabetes, with numbers expected to rise in the coming years. This makes the need for early detection and proactive, positive action more important than ever. “Catch it as soon as possible, and don’t deny it,” says Alderson. “Step up and manage it as best [you] can.”

One important tool for both detecting and managing diabetes is the A1C test (which measures your blood sugar levels over the previous three months.). In recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month this November, Dynacare labs in Manitoba will offer A1C tests from Oct. 29 to Dec. 7, 2018. If you would like to know your risk for diabetes or prediabetes, ask your family doctor for an A1C requisition and visit your nearest Dynacare lab. This wellness initiative – a partnership between Dynacare and Diabetes Canada – is to create awareness about getting tested and to learn your diabetes risk. For every test taken, Dynacare will make a 50-cent donation to Diabetes Canada, up to a total of $25,000.

Although living with diabetes long term has required an increased effort to manage potential complications, Alderson remains positive, thanks to support from his health-care team and most of all, from his family. “I’m enjoying life, experiencing [it] to the fullest and loving my family,” he says. “Getting the most out of life has become my theme.”

To learn more about whether you are at risk for the disease, visit Are You at Risk?. As with any other medical issue or concern, speak to your doctor if you have any questions.

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