MONTREAL, April 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Diabetes Association and
Diabetes Québec have joined forces to produce a detailed picture of the
state of diabetes in Canada. Their report, Diabetes: Canada at the Tipping Point - Charting a New Path, is nothing short of alarming: diabetes continues to rise steadily
throughout the country. The full report presents the status of the
situation in terms of the numbers of people with diabetes and a
projection of these numbers out to 2020.
If we don't contain this virtual epidemic, Canada's health care system
will suffer, as direct and indirect health costs explode. In the
report, we have put together a picture of the governments' involvement
in the fight against diabetes and suggested a variety of actions that
we can take to prevent the disease and its subsequent complications.
In Québec alone, 563,000 people suffer from diabetes and another 200,000
are unaware that they have it. Nearly three billion dollars each year
are spent in direct and indirect costs associated with the disease.
Although the health care system is trying to contain the disease, there
are always more pressing needs. The burden of this disease falls
increasingly on the shoulders of people with diabetes and their
families. Despite everything we have done so far to treat and educate
the people affected, we have not been able to do enough in terms of
primary and secondary prevention.
According to Serge Langlois, President and Executive Director of
Diabetes Québec, "Diabetes must become a priority in Québec because, at
the present rate, there will be more than 800,000 Quebecers with this
disease 10 years from now."
The full report is available on the web site of Diabetes Québec at
diabete.qc.ca. Also available on the web site: a summary of the report;
a status summary of the diabetes situation in Québec; and the results
of an Environics Research Group poll of a thousand Canadians, half of
them with diabetes, which presents a picture of their fears and hopes
with respect to the current situation.
SOURCE Diabètes Québec
For further information:
For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:
Marc Aras, Communications Director, Diabetes Québec