Why are we ignoring one of the world's top health issues?

Nov 23, 2018 | News

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, an opportunity to raise awareness about a disease which has reached epidemic proportions in Canada. A staggering one in three Canadians already live with diabetes or prediabetes, and another 1.5 million have undiagnosed diabetes.

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It’s slowly and steadily impacting more and more Canadians, bringing with it a host of debilitating medical complications, including kidney failure, heart disease, and even early death. Yet diabetes doesn’t seem to be a huge cause of alarm for many Canadians, which is frustrating for cardiac researcher Dr. Scott Lear.

The Pfizer/Heart and Stroke Foundation Chair in Cardiovascular Prevention Research at St. Paul's Hospital speculates that people see diabetes much like high cholesterol or high blood pressure, “While diabetes has poor outcomes, people don’t die of diabetes. They die of something else, such as stroke or heart disease, of which diabetes is a strong risk factor.”

The prevalence of diabetes in Canada is already about one in 10, and that’s expected to rise by an astounding 40 per cent in the next seven years. By 2025, about one in eight Canadians will have diabetes, with another quarter of the population dealing with prediabetes.

Read the full story on The Daily Scan. 

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