National Policy Summit to confront diabetes epidemic



    Chronic disease groups unite to put 2.2 million Canadians with diabetes
    at centre of efforts to find solutions.

    OTTAWA, June 2 /CNW/ - The country's leading not for profit organizations
have united in an unprecedented effort to tackle the serious challenges to our
health care system caused by diabetes and its complications.
    A 'National Policy Summit on the Serious Complications of Diabetes in
Canada', to be held in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 3, is an unprecedented effort
to focus attention of health care providers and government policy makers on
the personal and financial toll of diabetes and its complications. This Summit
is being organized by the Canadian Diabetes Association and its partners,
Diabète Québec, the Kidney Foundation of Canada, the Heart and Stroke
Foundation of Canada, CNIB, the Assembly of First Nations, the National
Aboriginal Diabetes Association and the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of
Canada. It brings together all the major players essential to tackling the
growth in diabetes and its complications in Canada: health care professionals,
researchers, politicians, aboriginal leaders and, most significantly,
Canadians living with diabetes.
    "Diabetes and its complications are challenging health authorities and
service providers both financially and in terms of professional resources,"
said Karen Philp, A/Vice-President, Research, Professional Education &
Government Affairs, Canadian Diabetes Association. "There is a growing sense
that a chronic disease management model may be the best option to address
diabetes and lower the risk of developing its complications. This Summit will
highlight the models of managed care that have resulted in positive health
outcomes for people living with diabetes, and hopefully inform public policy
development."
    Summit organizers hope that the event will lead to a governmental action
plan that will support effective personal chronic disease management in
Canada, reducing complications for Canadians affected by diabetes and its
effects on the healthcare system.
    Philp points out that putting the patient at the centre of chronic
disease management is required to reduce and prevent diabetes complications.
"This Summit, for the first time ever, puts Canadians with diabetes where they
belong - in the centre of efforts to design and implement new team-based
managed-care models based on examples of best practices in Canada and abroad."
    Diabetes is Canada's healthcare epidemic. More than 2.2-million Canadians
live with diabetes. Diabetes is a leading contributor to heart attacks,
strokes, kidney disease, blindness and amputation. In fact, diabetes is the
underlying cause of 10 per cent of all acute care hospital admissions in
Canada. Unless governments come forward with new, aggressive policies and
managed-care models, the incidence and prevalence of diabetes in communities
across Canada will continue to increase due to an aging population, rising
risk of obesity, declining physical activity and increasing immigration from
high-risk populations.





For further information:

For further information: Karen Philp, A/Vice-President, Research &
Professional Education and Government Affairs, Canadian Diabetes Association,
(416) 408-7041

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