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.