What you should know about diabetes
Diabetes is a complex disease with multi-faceted causes and no known cure. It is defined by abnormal levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood, which can lead to serious complications such as heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and even amputations, typically of the foot or leg. Diabetes is a global issue, but the impact can be felt in communities throughout Canada. If you don’t have it, there is a very good chance someone in your family or circle of friends does.
Currently, more than nine million Canadians, or one in four, are living with diabetes or prediabetes-a number expected to rise to one in three by 2020. It’s important that Canadians educate themselves about the three different types of this disease to recognize if they are at risk.