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  • “An Economic Tsunami, the Cost of Diabetes in Canada”

    Date: 2010.05.06 | Category: Diabetes Treatment | Response: 0


    A report released by the Canadian Diabetes Association about the economic costs of diabetes estimates that diabetes will cost the Canadian healthcare system approximately 12.2 billion dollars in 2010; almost double than 10 years ago.  Double in 10 years.   Along with the escalating costs are the number of people living and diagnosed with diabetes; it is estimated this year there are 2.5 million Canadians living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, 90% of which are type 2!  In 2000, only 1.3 million Canadians were living with the disease.  Are these numbers for real?  Unfortunately so. 

    So why are the rates of diabetes skyrocketing?  Well the report states a number of factors; Canada’s changing ethnic makeup, obesity and our sedentary and aging population.  Considering 90% of all diabetes cases are type 2, it seems clear that this “economic tsunami” is largely preventable and this is the first step to implementing measures to treat and prevent its occurrence. 

    The Canadian Diabetes Cost Model is expected to depict the economic impact of type 1 and type 2 Diabetes on Canadian society, and most importantly it is expected to produce cost and benefit assessments of intervention and prevention strategies. 

    Some factors attributing to diabetes cannot be changed, but what about those that can?  Dietary habits, physical activity general lifestyle habits and obesity.  The report calls on government to allocate more resources to help patients manage their diabetes including; an improved Canadian diabetes strategy and aboriginal diabetes initiative, a revised tax strategy targeted at a Diabetics out of pocket expenses and increased investment in high-quality research.

    And what about individuals, what can we do?  Well, the reports reveals that up to 50% of type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed with increased physical activity, healthy eating and weight loss of even 5% to 10% of body weight. 

    Comment and let us know how you weigh in on this discussion, and how diabetes has affected you and those around you.

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