know that November is diabetes awareness month?
is a leading cause of death in Canada. While there is no cure
for diabetes, it can be managed. Currently over 2 million
Canadians have diabetes. This number is expected to increase
to 3 million by the year 2010.
pancreas cannot make enough or any insulin, (a hormone that
allows glucose in the blood to enter the body’s cells), or
cannot use the insulin, diabetes develops. The result is that
the blood carries too much blood glucose (blood sugar levels
increase). If left untreated, it can lead to damage to blood
vessels and organs.
of diabetes include feeling tired, extreme thirst, frequent
urination, weight change (loss or gain), and/or blurred
three types of diabetes.
10% of people with diabetes have Type 1 diabetes. It is
diagnosed most often in children and young adults. This form
of diabetes results when the body mistakenly attacks and
destroys the insulin producing cell in the pancreas.
Type 2 is the
most common form of diabetes and most often diagnosed in
adults. This form of diabetes develops when the pancreas is no
longer able to produce enough insulin, or the body is not
using it properly.
diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy, is a temporary
condition. This form is found in about 3.5 to 3.8 % of
pregnancies. There is an increased risk of developing diabetes
later in life for both the mother and child.
more about diabetes, find recipes and references, or test your
knowledge on the subject visit the Canadian Diabetes
Association website at
What is Diabetes?
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