Another first for diabetes



    Ontario becomes one of the world leaders in type 1 diabetes management

    TORONTO, July 22 /CNW/ - The Canadian Diabetes Association applauds the
Government of Ontario for announcing the expansion of the provincial
children's insulin pump and supplies program to adult Ontarians with type 1
diabetes as part of the $741 million investment over 4 years in a new diabetes
strategy.
    "Extending the free insulin pumps and supplies program to all Ontarians
with type 1 diabetes removes a significant financial barrier to managing this
condition and it will also help people who require an insulin pump prevent or
delay the onset of heart attacks, strokes or kidney failure," said Karen
Philp, Acting Vice President, Research, Professional Education and Government
Affairs, Canadian Diabetes Association. "We applaud the Government of Ontario
for being one of the world leaders in the management of type 1 diabetes with
this comprehensive strategy."
    Ontario is the first province in Canada - and is one of the first
jurisdictions in the world - to provide this level of coverage for prescribed
insulin pumps and supplies. Prior to today's announcement, the Ontario insulin
pump and supplies program was only available to children 18 years of age and
under.
    Insulin pumps are designed to deliver life-sustaining insulin at a steady
rate based on an individual's needs. A pump costs about $6,000 and an
additional $3,600 a year for the insulin and associated supplies.
Approximately 10 percent of the estimated 900,000 Ontarians living with
diabetes today have type 1 diabetes.
    Details of the Ontario Diabetes Strategy also announced today by the
Ontario Minister of Health include plans to raise awareness of the prevention
of type 2 diabetes through increased educational campaigns and the creation of
a Diabetes Registry as a first step in implementing Ontario's e-Health
Strategy.
    "The government's Diabetes Strategy will support all Ontarians living
with diabetes by giving them the skills, tools and information they need to
better manage their condition and by being full partners in their own health,"
added Philp. "The Diabetes Registry will also allow the government to set
provincial targets for improving health outcomes and allow us to evaluate
what's working well and where. This will ultimately improve the health of
Ontarians living with diabetes."

    The Canadian Diabetes Association works in communities across the country
to promote the health of Canadians and eliminate diabetes through our strong
nationwide network of volunteers, employees, healthcare professionals,
researchers, partners and supporters. In the struggle against this global
epidemic, our expertise is recognized around the world. The Canadian Diabetes
Association: setting the world standard. To learn more, visit diabetes.ca or
call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).





For further information:

For further information: Randi Garcha, Associate, Marketing &
Communications, Ontario, Canadian Diabetes Association, (416) 408-7207,
randi.garcha@diabetes.ca

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