Today is the World Health Organization’s World Health Day, and for the first time, the focus is on Diabetes and its global impact.
In Canada, it is estimated that 11 million Canadians are living with diabetes or prediabetes, with 20 Canadians being diagnosed with diabetes every hour.
As per the press release from the Canadian Diabetes Association:
Diabetes increases a person’s risk for many serious complications such as heart attack, stroke, kidney failure leading to dialysis, and blindness. Nevertheless, for many people it is possible to live a healthy, full life with diabetes.
“People with diabetes play a critical role in ensuring the best health outcomes with the disease. Working closely with their health-care team, they manage blood sugar levels, foot care, eye care, physical activity and healthy eating,” says Dr. Jan Hux, chief science officer at the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA). “Self-management is the cornerstone of diabetes care and people affected by it need the knowledge and skills to properly manage diabetes.”
According to the CDA’s Report on Diabetes: Driving Change, access to diabetes education is vital for learning more about nutrition, physical activity, blood sugar monitoring, medication and ways to make even little changes that can lead to success.
Some tips to keep on top of your diabetes include: taking action to learn as much as possible and using diabetes programs and services when needed; setting your targets and goals to maintain optimal average (A1C) and daily blood sugar levels; performing self-checks for foot problems; and scheduling regular eye exams. For more information, visit diabetes.ca/takecharge.
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