The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly shone a spotlight on diabetes worldwide, with the knowledge that having diabetes increases the risk of more severe coronavirus infection. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a coordinated Canadian national diabetes strategy or action plan in place since 2013.
So is diabetes really that big of a deal in Canada? You bet it is. Here are some sobering statistics:
- Nearly one in 3 Canadians have either diabetes or prediabetes.
- It is estimated that 1 million people in Canada have diabetes but don’t know it.
- It is estimated that 6 million people in Canada have prediabetes, many of whom don’t know it.
- 620 people receive a diagnosis of diabetes in Canada every day.
- Every 24 hours, more than 20 Canadians die of diabetes related complications.
Diabetes 360° is a comprehensive strategy developed by over 100 stakeholders, that addresses key needs for Canadians with or at risk of developing diabetes. Diabetes Canada is asking elected officials from all parties to commit to supporting this strategy, which is expected to dramatically reduce diabetes in Canada and save our system $20 billion over 7 years (at a cost of $150 million).
The goal is to improve patient health outcomes, with 4 main targets: Prevention, Screening, Treatment, and Outcomes.
Over 7 years, it is estimated that the Diabetes 360 strategy would result in:
- 770,000 fewer cases of type 2 diabetes
- 245,000 fewer hospitalizations for diabetes
- 34,000 fewer limb amputations
The implementation of this framework has been recommended by the Parliamentary Standing Committees on both Health and Finance, but much more needs to be done to forge forward with the Diabetes 360 strategy. The advocacy voice from Canadians needs to be loud and clear!
What can you do?
- Add your name as a supporter here.
- Tweet out with #diabetes360
- Speak to your provincial or federal elected officials.
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