Did you know November is National Diabetes Awareness Month?
According to Diabetes Canada, 1 in 3 Canadians have diabetes or prediabetes and those at age 20 have a 50% chance of developing the disease.
It is more important than ever we talk about diabetes, its effects, and the actions that we can take to prevent and self-manage diabetes. With the emergence of COVID-19, bringing awareness to diabetes is vital because people with diabetes have a higher risk of developing severe symptoms from COVID-19.
Did you know that 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin?
Insulin was discovered here in Canada by Dr. Frederick Banting and Charles Best at the University of Toronto. The first patient to have successfully received an insulin injection was Leonard Thompson. Since the development of insulin in 1921, millions of lives have been saved and improved.
Did you know?
Are you or your loved ones at risk of developing diabetes?
- Assess your risk by taking a quick 2 minute test at https://www.idf.org/type-2-diabetes-risk-assessment/
Here are some ways lower your risk or self-manage diabetes:
- Eat healthy foods
- Get more fiber from vegetables and fruits
- Increase daily exercise
- Lose weight if you are overweight, but not when pregnant
- Manage your stress
- have annual eye exam and foot screening if you are living with diabetes
- Book an appointment with your doctor and diabetes educator for more information
How to get involved at CareFirst!
Carefirst Diabetes Education Program provide focused services on diabetes education, early intervention and prevention of diabetes-related complications and self-management. You can be referred by your doctor or you refer yourself to our program. Self-referral form is available for download at https://carefirstontario.ca/
Our diabetes education classes are also open to the public, please visit our website for more detail
Interested in learning more?
- Visit https://www.diabetes.ca/ for more information!