November 14th is World Diabetes Day

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Monday, November 14th is World Diabetes Day. The International Diabetes Federation has chosen the theme of ‘Eyes on Diabetes’ for World Diabetes Day 2016. This theme is about the importance of screening to ensure early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications.

eyesonDid you know?

  • Over 400 million adults were living with diabetes in 2015 and this number is expected to increase to around 642 million or one in ten adults by 2040.
  • One in two adults with diabetes is undiagnosed.
  • Many people live with type 2 diabetes for a long period of time without being aware of their condition. By the time of diagnosis, diabetes complications may already be present.

There are several risk factors for diabetes: being overweight, being over the age of 40, having prediabetes, having gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) and/or giving birth to a large baby, having a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes, being a member of a high risk ethnic group (Asian, African, or Aboriginal), having high cholesterol and/or hypertension, being on certain medications, and more. Some of these risk factors cannot be changed, such as age or ethnicity, but you do have the power to engage in healthier behaviours (such as eating healthy and exercising) to help manage your weight or lower your blood pressure and cholesterol. If you are overweight, losing a modest amount of weight, such as 10lbs, can help to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes greatly.

diabetesconversationsIf you are over the age of 40, and/or have some of the risk factors listed above, it is time to ask your doctor to send you for blood work to be screened for diabetes.

If you are currently living with type 2 diabetes, continue to engage in healthy behaviours such as regular physical activity, following a healthy diet according to Canada’s Food Guide, and managing stress. Controlling your blood sugar can help to reduce your risk (or delay the progression) of the complications of diabetes. Keeping up with your scheduled blood work and annual eye and foot care appointments are important because that is how your healthcare provider will know if you are starting to develop the complications of diabetes (and then they can provide the appropriate treatment).

The team at the North Algoma Diabetes Education Program is available to meet with you on a regular basis to provide the support that you may need to manage your diabetes. This team includes a Diabetes Nurse Educator, a Registered Dietitian, and a Footcare Nurse. To book your appointment call Renée Mellish at 705-856-2335 ext. 3108.

Join us at Diabetes Conversations!

A series of education sessions for adults living with diabetes.
Held Tuesdays November 22nd, 29th, and December 6th and 13th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Lady Dunn Health Centre
To register, call 705-856-2335 ext. 3108

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