What is Diabetes?
Type 1 Diabetes
With type 1 Diabetes, your body does not make insulin. Your immune system attacks and destroys the cells in your pancreas that make insulin. Type 1 Diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, although it can appear at any age. People with type 1 Diabetes need to take insulin every day to stay alive.
Type 2 Diabetes
With type 2 Diabetes, your body does not make or use insulin well. You can develop type 2 Diabetes at any age, even during childhood. However, this type of Diabetes occurs most often in middle-aged and older people. Type 2 is the most common type of Diabetes.DONATE NOW
The Effect of Diabetes
- 1 in 3 Canadians has Diabetes or Prediabetes
- More than ½ of Canadians who are 20 years old today will develop Diabetes in their lifetime
- The risk for Indigenous Canadians is 80% (Indigenous Canadians make up 4.3% of the total Canadian population)
- Life expectancy of a person with Diabetes is shortened by an average of 13 years.
- Every 6 seconds, one person in the world dies from diabetes and its related complications
Every year people living with Diabetes account for
of heart attacks
of kidney failures requiring dialysis
of non-traumatic amputations
The Cost of Diabetes
Cost to Canada’s Health Care System
2000 - $6.3 billion
2010 - $12.2 billion
2020 - estimated $27 billion
Employer costs for Employees Living with Diabetes
An average of $1,500.00 per year lost in productivity as well as an average of $1,500.00 per year in extra benefit plan costs.
World Wide Costs
$1.3 trillion spent on controlling diabetes worldwide each yearDONATE NOW