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Diabetes Facts & StatsDiabetes Stats
- More than two million Canadians have diabetes.
- If youíve been diagnosed youíre luckyóa third of people with diabetes donít know they have it.
- There are 60,000 new cases of diabetes recorded every year.
- Aboriginal people are 3 to 5 times more likely to have diabetes than other Canadians.
- 90% of Canadians with diabetes have type 2
- 10% of Canadians with diabetes have type 1
- Americans are 95% more afraid of being in a plane crash, getting bitten by a snake, hit by lighting or attacked by a shark than they are of being diagnosed with a disease such as diabetes. (Even though having diabetes is far more likely!)
Diabetes Reality Check
|X You can catch diabetes.||Diabetes isnít contagious! It may be genetic, and lifestyle plays a role in type 2, but we donít really know what causes it.|
|X Diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar.||Being overweight increases your risk for type 2 diabetes, but diabetes is not a result of too much sugar.|
|X People with diabetes canít have sugary foods.||Sweets and desserts can be part of a healthy meal plan when combined with proper diabetes management.|
|X People with diabetes are more likely to get sick.||Diabetes doesnít increase your risk of getting a cold or the flu, but when you do get sick it can affect your blood glucose levels, so itís a good idea to get a flu shot.|
|X Insulin causes weight gain||The benefit of insulin to your health and diabetes management is far greater than any risk of weight gain.|
Facts About Insulin
- Nobel Prize winner Frederick Banting has been named one of the top ten greatest Canadians ever for discovering insulin.
- Banting discovered insulin in 1921 and conducted the first human trials of it on a 14-year-old Toronto teen, Leonard Thompson, in 1922.
- Instead of profiting from his discovery, Banting and his research team sold the rights to insulin to the University of Toronto for $1 to ensure it would remain affordable for everyone who needs it.
Facts About Diabetes Risk Factors
Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented, and the exact cause of it remains unknown. Youíre considered more at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes if you are:
- Old (40+)
- Of Aboriginal, Hispanic, Asian, South Asian or African descent
- Related to a parent, brother or sister with diabetes
- Experiencing complications of diabetes
- Suffering from certain conditions (eg. impaired glucose tolerance, high blood pressure and high cholesterol)