The Economic Club of Canada

The Economic Club of Canada

February 04, 2015 06:00 ET

Media Advisory: The State of Diabetes in Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 4, 2015) - Today, more than one in four Canadians has diabetes or prediabetes. If nothing is done, by 2020, it will be one in three. This burden affects not only those with diabetes, but all Canadians: in 2015, diabetes will cost Canada's healthcare system and economy almost $14 billion, and climbing.

Better prevention of type 2 diabetes, as well as preventing diabetes complications such as heart attack, stroke and kidney failure in both type 1 and type 2 patients, is essential to curb the burden of diabetes overall.

While diabetes is a serious disease, one can live a healthy life with optimal self- management, including a care team, medications and education. However, we must also consider impacts of the larger environment, including food security and emotional support for those with diabetes.

The Canadian Diabetes Association's vision for people living with diabetes is expressed in the Diabetes Charter for Canada. The goal is for Canada to be a country where people with diabetes can live to their full potential. The Charter has been signed by more than 20,000 Canadians, and the forthcoming Charter Indicators Report will provide a benchmark for the state of diabetes in Canada, as well as providing a road map for changing the course of diabetes.

WHO: RICHARD BLICKSTEAD
President & CEO, Canadian Diabetes Association
WHAT: MEDIA ADVISORY - "The State of Diabetes in Canada"
DATE: Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
TIME: 11:45 am-1:30 pm
WHERE: The Westin Ottawa - Provinces II Room
11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

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