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Diabetes is common in Canada,yet few of us know much aboutit. This chronic disease robs thebody of its ability to controlblood sugar (glucose) levels,either because it cannot produceinsulin or cannot properly usethe insulin it produces. Withoutinsulin, sugar builds up in theblood instead of being used asenergy. Over time, this damagesorgans, blood vessels and nerves.
A report by Diabetes Canadain 2015 found the number ofpeople with diabetes more thandoubled between 2000 and
2015 to an estimated 8. 9 percent ( 3. 34 million) of Canadians,leading to $3 billion in directhealthcare costs. Some one
Dr. Jane Ballantine, the medical director of theCalgary West Central Primary Care Network,takes a special interest in helping diabetespatients manage the disease.
million Canadians have diabetesand don’t know it.
Even more people are at riskof developing diabetes. In thenext 10 years, both the rate andhealthcare costs of diabetes areprojected to grow by more than40 per cent.
Anyone can get diabetes, but noteveryone will and for many people,diabetes can be prevented.
Types of diabetes
With Type 1 diabetes, the pancreasloses its ability to make insulin andthis is life-threatening. “Essentially,the pancreas doesn’t work so Type1 must be treated with insulin,” says