Take the diabetes risk assessment – it’s worth it!

 

The number of people with diabetes is growing. In Canada, over two million people are living with diabetes and over 6 million people have a condition called pre-diabetes. If left untreated, this can develop into type 2 diabetes, which can lead to serious health problems such as loss of sight, heart and kidney disease.

Diabetes affects the body’s ability to use the energy it gets from food. The body changes food into glucose (a type of sugar) that is found in the blood after eating a meal. Insulin is a hormone made by the body that helps glucose move out of the blood and into cells so that it can be used as energy. Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not make enough insulin or cannot use the insulin it makes.

The good news is, type 2 diabetes can be prevented. Find out if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes by taking the Canadian Diabetes Risk Questionnaire. If you have any of the risk factors contact your health care provider.

Knowing your risk and taking action are the first steps in preventing type 2 diabetes.