Budget delivers hope for Ontarians affected by diabetes

    Investment in diabetes a step in the right direction

    TORONTO, March 25 /CNW/ - The Canadian Diabetes Association applauded the
Government of Ontario's continued commitment to tackle diabetes in Ontario, as
outlined in the 2008 Ontario Budget Speech delivered today.
    "The Canadian Diabetes Association applauds the Government of Ontario for
keeping its commitment to Ontarians living with and affected by diabetes,"
said Karen Philp, Vice President, Government Affairs, Acting Vice President,
Research, Professional Education, Canadian Diabetes Association. "We're
encouraged to see the Minister of Finance demonstrate an understanding of the
benefits of investing in diabetes."

    Some of the highlights for Ontarians affected by diabetes include:

    -   $190 million over three years to implement a Chronic Disease
        Prevention and Management Strategy, starting with diabetes

    -   $10 million annually in a childhood obesity strategy to encourage
        children to eat healthy and be physically active

    -   $47 million in 2008-09, growing to $239 million in 2010-11, in
        e-health systems such as diagnostic imaging, drug and lab
        information, and a Diabetes Registry.

    "This new investment in diabetes will bring significant benefits to
Ontario's healthcare system and benefit all Ontarians," said Philp. "This
investment will also help keep Ontario's economy productive and competitive."
    Every eight minutes someone in Ontario is diagnosed with diabetes. The
increasing number of people diagnosed with diabetes places serious pressure on
Ontario's healthcare system by contributing to longer wait times and emergency
room overcrowding. One in 10 hospital admissions in Ontario is due to people
requiring acute care for heart attacks, strokes or kidney failure resulting
from 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: Jeremy Brace, Manager, National Media
Relations, Canadian Diabetes Association, (416) 408-7071,

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