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Get the Facts on Diabetes

Did you know that more than 2 million Canadians have diabetes and by the end of the decade, this number is expected to rise to 3 million?1 In fact, in 2000, the World Health Organization estimated that globally over 177 million people had diabetes, and that by 2025, this figure will top 300 million!1

There are 3 main types of diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes which occurs most often in children and adolescents occurs when the body is unable to make insulin. Insulin is a hormone that ensures your body can deal with blood sugar properly.
  • Type 2 diabetes is by far the most common type when your body does not make enough insulin or your body does not use the insulin properly. As a result sugar builds up in the blood instead of being used by the body for energy.
  • Gestational diabetes occurs temporarily during pregnancy.

If diabetes is not diagnosed or treated properly it puts a tremendous amount of strain on the body and can cause serious complications including heart disease, kidney failure, eye disease, erectile dysfunction, and damage to your nervous system1.

What are the Symptoms of Diabetes?1

Some people who have type 2 diabetes may have no symptoms at all which is why regular annual check-ups by your doctor are important. Some of the common symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Unusual thirst and frequent urination
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Extreme fatigue or lack of energy
  • Blurred vision and numbness in the hands/feet
  • Frequent or recurring infections
  • Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal
  • Trouble getting or maintaining an erection

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