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Did You Know?

  • Diabetes is diagnosed when high levels of sugar (glucose) are found in your blood.

  • You are not alone. Diabetes has become an epidemic in Canada.

  • There are 2 types of diabetes. in Type 1 diabetes, a person stops producing insulin. In Type 2 diabetes, a person still produces insulin but does not produce enough insulin to keep blood sugars in a normal range. Type 2 diabetics usually have increased insulin requirements.

  • When diagnosed, many people with diabetes do not have symptoms. Those who do may experience thirst, frequent urination, dizziness, blurred vision, weight loss, infections, or poor wound healing.

  • Diabetes treatment is designed to reduce symptoms and long term complications. Optimal control of your blood glucose leads to a significant reduction in long term complications.

  • Your diabetes care is focussed on you. Diabetes is best managed with the help of an integrated health care team. Your diabetic educators, nurses, dieticians, doctors, pharmacists, laboratory personnel work together to achieve the best results possible for you.

  • You can help manage your diabetes by making healthy lifestyle choices. Education, physical activity, a healthy diet and self monitoring of blood glucose are key components of your treatment.

  • Your health care team will work with you to decide how often you should check your blood glucose. If you have Type 2 diabetes you should check your blood glucose at least once(1) a day. If you have Type 1 diabetes you should check your blood glucose at least three(3) times a day.

  • Smoking significantly increases your risk of cardiovascular disease. It is best if people with diabetes do not smoke.

  • Often diabetes management includes medications. Take medications as it is prescribed. Do not stop or change your medication without consulting your health care team.

  • To ensure early detection and treatment, you should have annual eye exams.

  • Your cholesterol and blood pressure should be carefully monitored.

  • Foot ulcers are a cause of significant problems for people with diabetes and should be managed by your health care team. You should have routine foot examinations.

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