Diabetes prevention and care are about much more than just physical health. The disease can also affect people's emotional and financial well-being.
At Diabetes Canada, our goal is to improve the health of Canadians who are at risk of or living with diabetes, and provide all Canadians with tools to live healthier lives.
Many factors - geography, finances, age, and others - can significantly impact a person's diabetes control, experience with the disease and overall health. These policy statements have been developed in consultation with Canadians living with diabetes, medical professionals, community and government representatives and other experts. The statements focus our advocacy agenda with governments, businesses and the public.
The following links are just some of our policies on issues related to diabetes prevention and management. They offer a starting point for effective action to address barriers and other challenges in Canadian diabetes policy and management.
Access and affordability of care
People living with diabetes experience significant medical and financial burdens related to accessing necessary medications, devices and supplies.
Access to medication, supplies and medical devices
Access to these items depends as much on where someone lives in Canada as it does on income or health status.
Discontinuation of medication products
People who are dependent on discontinued diabetes treatments should continue to have access to it, or a suitable alternative.
Access to health services
Diabetes can affect all aspects of a person's health. To improve outcomes, Canadians must be able to access health services and appropriate supports for their care and well-being.
People with diabetes need access to medications, devices, education and care to prevent amputations.
People with diabetes need access to affordable, sufficient, safe and nutritious food.
People with diabetes need access to mental health care.
Sight loss prevention and diabetes
People with diabetes need access to diabetic retinopathy screening and treatment to prevent or delay sight loss.
Virtual care and diabetes
People living with diabetes should have access to the right care at the right time, and virtual care can improve patient outcomes and satisfaction with more efficient use of existing health-care dollars.
Improving timely access to diabetes medications, devices and supplies and reducing provincial differences in coverage can ensure that all Canadians may access the tools and treatments they need to optimize their health.
Financial means testing should be set at a level that minimizes the burden of diabetes management.
Diabetes, Biologic Drugs, and Biosimilar Insulins
The use of biosimilar insulins, which are similar to reference biologic drugs, produced by different manufacturers after the patents on the biologic drugs have expired.
Diabetes and lifestyle
Diabetes should not interfere with anyone's ability to live a full life. Here are Diabetes Canada's statements related to the removal of additional barriers that can pose ongoing obstacles.
Cannabis use in adults and adolescents with diabetes
People with diabetes should be offered education on the general risks of recreational cannabis use.
L’usage de cannabis chez les adultes et les adolescents vivant avec le diabète
L’énoncé de position de Diabète Canada intitulé Recreational Cannabis Use in Adults and Adolescents With Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes (en anglais seulement) présente un aperçu des données probantes les plus récentes sur les effets de l’usage de cannabis chez les Canadiennes et Canadiens vivant avec le diabète.
Engaging the Diabetes community
People affected by diabetes must be included in meaningful ways in research analysis and policy and program development.
Diabetes at school
Students with diabetes can thrive when they receive the right support.
Driving and licensing
Most people with diabetes can drive safely when they receive adequate care.
People with diabetes can experience fulfilling employment when accommodated properly.
Fasting at Ramadan and diabetes
Diabetes Canada’s position statement on “People with Types 1 and 2 Diabetes Who Fast During Ramadan” gives an overview of the latest evidence about this annual religious tradition as it relates to diabetes.
Les personnes vivant avec le diabète de type 1 ou de type 2 qui jeûnent pendant le ramadan
L'énoncé de position de Diabète Canada sur "Les personnes vivant avec le diabète de type 1 ou de type 2 qui jeûnent pendant le ramadan" donne un aperçu des dernières données probantes sur cette tradition religieuse annuelle en ce qui a trait au diabète.
People with diabetes need access to adequate insurance coverage.
Diabetes Canada supports the use of language that will encourage positive interactions with people living with diabetes.
Le langage compte
Diabète Canada soutient l'utilisation d'un langage qui encouragera les interactions positives avec les personnes vivant avec le diabète.
Low carbohydrate diets for adults with diabetes
Diabetes Canada supports individualized care for each person living with diabetes or prediabetes as set out by their health-care team.
Diètes faibles en glucides pour les adultes vivant avec le diabète
Diabète Canada croit que les personnes vivant avec le diabète devraient avoir accès aux meilleurs renseignements disponibles pour guider leurs choix en lien avec la gestion de leur diabète.
Self-care in public places
People should have the right to engage in diabetes self-care practices in public.
Sugar and diabetes
Diabetes Canada is committed to reducing the consumption of sugars.
Tax credits for people with diabetes
People with diabetes would benefit from an enhanced tax credit system.
The built environment and diabetes
Addressing the built environment benefits people living with prediabetes, diabetes, and diabetes-related complications.
Employer-delivered programs can be an effective opportunity for intervention to help employees living with or at risk of developing type 2 diabetes improve their health outcomes.
Glucose monitoring systems
People with diabetes need access to the appropriate glucose monitoring systems that allow them to achieve their health potential and maximize their quality of life.
Reimbursement of Intermittently-Scanned and Real-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems
Diabetes Canada’s policy statement on reimbursement of intermittently-scanned and real-time continuous glucose monitoring systems provides context on monitoring devices and reimbursement recommendations to payers.
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