Canadian Diabetes Association applauds Newfoundland Labrador budget commitment to children living with diabetes



    ST. JOHN'S, April 27 /CNW/ - The Canadian Diabetes Association welcomes
the recently announced Government of Newfoundland Labrador's commitment to a
Children's Insulin Pump Program.
    "The recent budget announcement was a victory for children in
Newfoundland Labrador living with diabetes," said Carol Ann Smith, Regional
Director, Newfoundland Labrador, Canadian Diabetes Association. "There is now
greater access for children in Newfoundland Labrador living with Type 1
diabetes to obtain this effective management tool to better manage their
diabetes."
    The budget commitment will provide insulin pumps and supplies for
children under 18 diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. This commitment will benefit
some 100 children and another 30 who are diagnosed annually. Given that an
insulin pump costs an average $6,000, and supplies cost about $3,600 a year,
this announcement puts $960,000 directly into the pocketbooks of at least 100
families affected by Type 1 diabetes.
    "The Canadian Diabetes Association believes that the cost of diabetes
medications and supplies should not be a barrier or a burden to managing the
disease," said Carol Ann Smith. "The leadership this government has shown for
young people in Newfoundland Labrador with Type 1 diabetes is very exciting.
By investing in insulin pump therapy for children, the government is investing
in a healthier Newfoundland Labrador."
    The Canadian Diabetes Association expects the health-care system will
benefit from fewer cases of diabetes complications (heart disease, stroke,
dialysis, vision loss, amputation) over the longer term as people with
diabetes use insulin pumps to maintain better glycemic control and thus
prevent or delay the complications and remain more productive.
    More than two million Canadians have diabetes and this number is expected
to increase dramatically as the population ages. Approximately 10 percent of
people with diabetes have Type 1 and diagnosis is most often in children and
young adults. Along with insulin adjustments, treatment also includes careful
meal planning, physical activity, and self-blood glucose testing. For Type 2
diabetes, risk factors include: being age 40 and over; being related to a
person with diabetes; being of Aboriginal, Hispanic, South Asian, Asian or
African descent, and being overweight or obese.

    The Canadian Diabetes Association works to prevent diabetes and improve
the quality of life for those affected, through research, education, service
and advocacy. With a presence in more than 150 communities, the Canadian
Diabetes Association's strong network of assistance includes volunteers,
employees, healthcare professionals and partners.





For further information:

For further information: Carol Ann Smith, Regional Director, Canadian
Diabetes Association, Ph. (709) 754-0953 Ext. 24, carolann.smith@diabetes.ca

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