November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and November 14th has been deemed World Diabetes Day. The date was chosen in honour of Canadian Sir Frederick Banting, who, together with Charles Best discovered insulin, 100 years ago. Not everyone with diabetes requires insulin, but many do, and it’s a life-saving medical therapy.
Diabetes is a disease in which your body can’t produce enough insulin or can’t properly use the insulin it makes. People with diabetes can live long and healthy lives thanks to the work of Banting and Best. We’ve come a long way with the progress of new medical management and technology to assist with blood glucose monitoring, but more work is to be done.
1 in 10 people around the globe has diabetes. Over 700 million people are expected to be living with diabetes by 2045. As of 2020, 29% of Canadians are living with diabetes or prediabetes.
If you have any diabetes or prediabetes and would like more information or assistance with your self-management, visit the Prairie Mountain Health Chronic Disease Education Program page or call us at 1-877-509-7852. This is a Prairie Mountain Health program where dietitians and nurse educators provide education and support to adults with different types of chronic conditions, including diabetes.
For more informatiion visit Diabetes Canada.
Submitted by Brittney Bartecki, RD, CDE