May 18, 2018

The Ontario PC Party recently announced some health-related promises that include cutting wait times and support for mental health and low-income seniors. In addition to these types of supports, Diabetes Canada is advocating to all candidates and parties that every Ontarian, no matter how old they are or where the live, should have equitable access to medications and devices, physician or specialist care, nutrition or healthy eating and healthy living supports.

If diabetes is not prevented or managed properly it can lead to unnecessary hospitalizations due to complications. People with diabetes are over three times more likely to be hospitalized with cardiovascular disease, 12 times more likely to be hospitalized with end-stage renal disease and almost 20 times more likely to be hospitalized for a non-traumatic lower limb amputation compared to the general population.

Being unable to afford and therefore follow prescribed diabetes therapy increases the risk for developing these costly and life-threatening complications, which also include depression.

An estimated 1 in 3 Ontarians live with diabetes or prediabetes – approximately 4.3 million people. The number of people with diabetes and prediabetes is expected to rise by 30 per cent over the next 10 years, with the cost to the health care system increasing from $1.5 billion to $1.9 billion.

This epidemic is why Diabetes Canada is calling for a renewed Ontario Diabetes Strategy that sets aggressive targets and goals to help improve health outcomes for people with diabetes and people at risk of developing the disease.

About Diabetes Canada

Diabetes Canada is the registered national charitable organization that is making the invisible epidemic of diabetes visible and urgent. Diabetes Canada partners with Canadians to End Diabetes through:

  • Educational programs and support services;
  • Resources for health-care professionals on best practices to care for people with diabetes;
  • Advocacy to governments, schools and workplaces; and
  • Funding world-leading Canadian research to improve treatments and find a cure.

For more information, visit diabetes.ca or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).

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For more information or to book an interview:

Sherry Calder
Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications
Diabetes Canada
T: 902-453-3529
C: 902-210-1799
sherry.calder@diabetes.ca

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