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100 Years of Insulin

2021 marks the anniversary of this life-changing discovery

We can’t wait another 100 years to End Diabetes.

100 years ago, Canadians discovered insulin.

100 years later even more Canadians have diabetes than ever before. Diabetes or prediabetes affects 1 in 3 Canadians. 1 in 2 young adults will develop diabetes in their remaining lifetime. 

Sadly, Diabetes is one of Canada’s most successful diseases.

Even with help from insulin over the past 100 years, diabetes is successful at slowly shutting down the body. For some people, that can mean blindness, heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure. Diabetes is successful at taking money out of Canadians’ pockets, costing $30 billion dollars to treat. 

We can’t wait another 100 years to End Diabetes.

About the campaign 

Beginning on January 13, 2021, and running until December 2021, our “We Can’t Wait Another 100 Years” campaign commemorates the discovery of insulin but also addresses the urgency about diabetes. It highlights the prevalence, most life-threatening consequences, and the financial burden on the millions of people living with diabetes as well as on federal and provincial governments.

We also hope it will foster a national conversation: although the 100th anniversary is an incredible discovery, insulin is not enough. It’s the starting line, not the finish line for diabetes. We can’t wait another 100 years to End Diabetes. The goal of our campaign is to inspire Canadians to raise awareness and/or funds to help support the work led by Diabetes Canada to help End Diabetes, which includes funding leading-edge research that we hope will one day lead to a cure.

#LetsEndDiabetes NOW

Media Inquiries 

If you are a reporter and want to speak to a Diabetes Canada representative about the campaign, please email communications@diabetes.ca.

#LetsEndDiabetes NOW!

The millions of Canadians affected by this disease can’t wait another 100 years. Diabetes Canada is stepping up to rally Canadians together to end diabetes.

Contact us for support

We can answer your questions about diabetes, diagnosis and other concerns.

INFORMATION AND SUPPORT SERVICES

1-800-BANTING (226-8464)

info@diabetes.ca

#LetsEndDiabetes NOW!

The millions of Canadians affected by this disease can’t wait another 100 years. Diabetes Canada is stepping up to rally Canadians together to end diabetes.

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2021 Know No Limits With T1D Virtual Conference

October 02, 2021 | Virtual Event

How do you Know No Limits? Is it feeling comfortable exercising without going low? Is it skiing without worrying about your technology malfunctioning?

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2021 Diabetes Canada/CSEM Professional Conference

November 23, 2021 - November 26, 2021 | Virtual Event

With the continued uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Diabetes Canada, the Canadian of Endocrinology and Metabolism (CSEM), and the

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Diabetes is successful at slowly shutting your body down one part at a time. Diabetes causes blindness, heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and limb amputation.

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