Vote Diabetes: Nova Scotia

There are currently more than 337,000 Nova Scotians living with diabetes (type 1 and type 2) or prediabetes.  Of those living with prediabetes, 50 per cent will be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease often diagnosed in childhood, is found in five to 10 per cent of Canadians with diabetes.

Diabetes is estimated to currently cost the Nova Scotia health-care system $100 million and is estimated to increase to $128 million by 2027. To ensure the sustainability of the health-care system, Diabetes Canada urges all parties running for public office in Nova Scotia to make diabetes a health priority during the upcoming provincial election.

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Diabetes Canada urges all parties running for public office in Nova Scotia during this election to acknowledge the impact of diabetes through the implementation of a coordinated plan for diabetes, with the creation of a provincial diabetes strategy. 

High out-of-pocket costs and limited government coverage compromise the ability of Nova Scotians to manage their diabetes; some must choose between paying for food and rent or buying life-saving medications and supplies. To alleviate the cost pressures of diabetes on Nova Scotia families and the provincial health-care system, Diabetes Canada recommends that the Government invest in the development of a provincial diabetes strategy.

This strategy would aim to reduce the burden of diabetes for the provincial health-care system by slowing the growth in the number of people diagnosed with diabetes annually, allowing for earlier detection and actions for those diagnosed with prediabetes, and increasing the positive health measures of those already living with the disease.  

Elements of the strategy could include:

  • Investments in diabetes research, using existing provincial data to ensure up-to-date and evidence based decision making for diabetes initiatives.
  • Increased support for self-management of diabetes

  • Enhanced access to diabetes medications, devices and supplies, including expanding financial coverage for insulin pumps and supplies to all individuals with type 1 diabetes, regardless of age.

  • Coordinated diabetes care and access to inter-professional health-care teams in a timely manner, as noted in the 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada. 

  • Wellness programs to support diabetes prevention programs and support for diabetes foot care and amputation prevention

Download a copy of these diabetes priorities, that can be presented to your candidates during the election.

What can you do?

Ask candidates to #VoteDiabetes on social media

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Learn more about the impact and cost of diabetes in Nova Scotia and share some stats with your local candidates.

In order to keep discussions searchable on Twitter, please use the hashtag #VoteDiabetes whenever you tweet about the election or in your conversations with your candidate or others. Also, if you’re attending a candidate event such as a town hall meeting or public meet up, don't forget to tweet or post on Facebook about it when you’re there! Finally, don’t forget to retweet Diabetes Canada's tweets and share our Facebook messages about the election.

Looking for the candidates on social media? Check out our directory!

Follow us on Twitter and on our National Facebook page and our Nova Scotia Facebook page. 

Here are some sample posts to help you make diabetes a priority in this Nova Scotia election:

http://www.diabetes.ca/getmedia/c196b0c4-98b5-4fec-9eab-ae9c0be6fdd4/facebook-icon.png.aspx Sample Facebook posts

  • Please share: Do you know the diabetes-related issues affecting Nova Scotians? Keep yourself in the loop by visiting Vote Diabetes: diabetes.ca/votediabetesNS
  • Did you know 337,000 people in NS currently live with diabetes or prediabetes? By 2027, that number is estimated to rise to almost 398,000. Share this post and click below to help change diabetes history in NS!   diabetes.ca/votediabetesNS
  • Chances are you or someone you love is affected by diabetes. This election, tell your candidates that supporting Nova Scotians living with diabetes matters to you! Make change happen. Vote for diabetes on May 30: diabetes.ca/votediabetesNS

http://www.diabetes.ca/getmedia/48e22dc8-c3f1-443b-8fc3-ca039a922e72/twitter-icon.png.aspx Sample tweets

  • This #nselxn17, I’m planning to #votediabetes. Please RT and help tell @NSPC  @NSLiberal @NSNDP to help End Diabetes! #nspoli

  • Hey [insert candidates name or Twitter account] - Nova Scotia needs a diabetes strategy. Do you commit to this and helping people with diabetes? #votediabetes

  • Tell #nselxn17 candidates to make diabetes a priority. We need improved access to medications. diabetes.ca/votediabetesNS #nspoli

Talk to your candidates in person

You can help raise awareness of diabetes-related issues for the upcoming election by engaging with your local candidates (a list of candidates can be found on electionsnovascotia.ca).

You can find opportunities to engage with candidates at local meet-and-greets, candidate debates, radio interviews and more, by watching for online updates on candidate websites, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds. You can also try calling or emailing campaign offices to determine when candidates will be canvassing your neighbourhood to ensure you will be home when they arrive at your door.

Vote Diabetes on May 30!

When you cast your ballot, you will be impacting the future of diabetes in Nova Scotia and holding the government accountable for their campaign promises.  Visit Elections NS more information.

Sign the Diabetes Chater for Canada

In April 2014, Diabetes Canada launched the Diabetes Charter for Canada to act a catalyst for positive change and to inspire fair access to diabetes support and care for all people living with the disease.

It encourages diabetes advocacy and empowers individuals to stand up for their rights and the rights of all people living with diabetes, while being responsible for their own care. The Charter is represented in the work Diabetes Canada is doing across Canada, and particularly in our priorities for this election.

The province of Nova Scotia and more than 25,000 Canadians have already shown their support by signing the Charter. Take a moment to add your name and ask candidates to do the same.

Political contacts (in alphabetical order)

Atlantica Party Association of Nova Scotia

Website: www.atlanticaparty.ca/

Progressive Conservative Association of Nova Scotia 

Website: www.pcparty.ns.ca                                                            

Green Party of Nova Scotia

Website: www.greenparty.ns.ca

Nova Scotia Liberal Party

Website: www.liberal.ns.ca

Nova Scotia New Democratic Party

Website: www.nsndp.ca