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Diabetes

Diabetes occurs from the pancreas when it gives off too much or too little insulin. 
There are 3 different types of diabetes, which are:


Type 1:  Where the body makes little or none insulin.
Type 2:  The body makes insulin but does not use it properly.

Gestational Diabetes:  Where the body is not able to properly use insulin during pregnancy.  This type of diabetes goes away after the baby is born.

Approximately 10% of people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.The number of people with type 2 diabetes is increasing dramatically due to a number of factors:
·                         The population is aging.
·                         Obesity rates are rising.
·                         Canadian lifestyles are increasingly sedentary.
·                         Aboriginal people are three to five times more likely than the     general population to develop type 2 diabetes.


·                         Almost 80% of new Canadians come from populations that are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes. These include people of Hispanic, Asian, South Asian or African descent.

Diabetes if it is left untreated or improperly managed can cause:


-Heart Disease
-Kidney Disease
-Eye Disease
-Problems with erection (Impotence)
-Nerve Damage

Signs and Symptoms                   

  1. Unusual Thirst
  2. Frequent Urination
  3. Weight Change (Gain or Loss)
  4. Extreme Fatigue or Lack of Energy
  5. Blurred Vision
  6. Frequent or Recurring infections
  7. Cuts and bruises slow to heal
  8. Tingling and Numbness in hands or feet
  9. Trouble getting or maintaining an erection.

It is best to also understand that people with Type 2 Diabetes may display no symptoms.

Diabetes websites:


www.diabetes.ca

www.jdfc.ca

www.diabetes.gc.ca

www.canadian-health-network.com

www.hc-sc.gc.ca

www.paguide.com

www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/2008/dicndss-dacsnsd-04-05/dafnp-dcmpn-eng.php

www.canadian-health-network.ca/aboriginal_people.html

www.nada.ca

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