Health People, Healthy North
NOVEMBER IS DIABETES MONTH
November is a month to raise awareness about diabetes and those who live with this chronic disease every day.  Every year a theme is chosen to represent diabetes month and this year the theme is “Eyes on Diabetes”. This means we are focusing on screening for Prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. According to the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), an estimated 1 million Canadians are living with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes.

“Type 2 diabetes and prediabetes usually develop in adulthood, although more children and adolescents are being diagnosed. Prediabetes means a person’s blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Nearly half of those with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes. Research shows that some long-term diabetes complications such as heart disease and nerve damage may begin during prediabetes, but the risk of developing diabetes can be reduced by nearly 60 per cent through lifestyle modifications. If left undiagnosed or untreated, diabetes is a leading cause of life-threatening complications, including heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and amputation. Currently, 20 people are diagnosed with diabetes every hour of every day.”

This year during the month of November, you will find the Regional Diabetes Program in Thompson, The Pas, and Flin Flon hosting activities to raise awareness for Type 2 Diabetes and its complications. On Friday November 18, 2016 in Thompson, you will find the Thompson team in the City Centre Mall from 2 p.m to 6 p.m offering the chance for community members to complete this questionnaire. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about diabetes as well as what the questionnaire means for your health. Information, Games and prizes will also be offered during this activity. 

In Flin Flon, on November 17th come to the Flin Flon Primary Health Care Centre from 9 to 12 to meet your Diabetes team!  Come and look at the resources and support that is offered for nutrition, retinal screening and diabetes medication.

Some risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes are:
  • Having a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes
  • Being a member of a high-risk group (Aboriginal, Hispanic, South Asian, Asian, or African descent)
  • Having given birth to a baby that weighed more than nine pounds at birth or having had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy)
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Having high cholesterol or other fats in the blood
  • Being overweight, especially if that weight is mostly carried around the stomach
For more information about how you can lower your risk, contact your local Diabetes Program. Thompson: 204-677-5333 The Pas: 204-627-6800 Flin Flon: 204-687-1300


 

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