November is Diabetes Awareness Month!

Eleven million Canadians are living with diabetes or prediabetes. 


Chances are, diabetes affects you or someone you know.

In recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month, the staff at the Diabetes Care and Research Program would like to offer some valuable information that will help you to support your patients, family and community members who live with diabetes every day. We thank you for sharing your knowledge and for taking care of yourself and your patients and family members as we all learn to lead a healthy life with diabetes.

Diabetes is caused by the same factors as many other chronic diseases yet it is uniquely singled out for blame and stigma – stigma that is usually based on misunderstanding of the disease. 

Let’s try to turn the negative thoughts, stereotypes and blame about diabetes into understanding, empathy and support. Diabetes is a disease, and has to be treated very seriously. A healthy life with diabetes is possible with a good health plan and a supportive health-care team.

Check out the full article here...enjoy!

Music Video: "We get it...together!"

 

Sweet Success Newsletter- Fall 2017

Click here for the Fall 2017 issue of "Sweet Success" from the Diabetes Care and Research Team

 

Helpful Links

Diabetes Canada
Eat Right Ontario
JDRF Website: Type 1 Diabetes

“There are common misconceptions about the causes of diabetes. The idea that diabetes is always caused by behaviour or lifestyle choices is an example of an inaccuracy that colours the way a person with diabetes perceives themselves as well as how they are perceived. Experiencing diabetes-related stigma can have a significant negative effect on a person’s wellbeing and may lead them to neglect the things they need to do to manage their diabetes and to poor health results.”

- Dr. Jan Hux, chief science officer at Diabetes Canada