Advice for Health - Diabetes

More than 2 Million Canadians have Diabetes

The Canadian Diabetes Association reports there are more than 2 million Canadians with Diabetes and 1 in 3 is unaware.

Diabetes affects all ages and as our population grows older and obesity rates rise it’s expected that these numbers will continue to rise.

There are three main types of diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes, usually diagnosed in children and adolescents, occurs when the pancreas is unable to produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that ensures body energy needs are met. Approximately 10 per cent of people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.

The remaining 90 per cent have type 2 diabetes, which occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body does not effectively use the insulin that is produced. Type 2 diabetes usually develops in adulthood, although increasing numbers of children in high-risk populations are being diagnosed.

A third type of diabetes, gestational diabetes, is a temporary condition that occurs during pregnancy and involves an increased risk of developing diabetes for both mother and child.

Your PharmaChoice pharmacist can help you recognize the warning signs and assist you with strategies to live with diabetes.