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11.01.2017 07:48 Age: 72 days
By: Will Streilein

Manitoba Expected to See Big Rise in Diabetes Rates


Diabetes is on the rise in Manitoba.

 

The Canadian Diabetes Association says the number of Manitobans who will get the disease will rise by 35% over the next decade.

 

Brandon Westman Coordinator John LoRegio tells CKLQ a healthy lifestyle is a huge factor.

 

"Type 2 diabetes, if you're prediabetic, can be prevented simply by watching your weight and diet."

 

LoRegio that First Nations, Metis, and Inuit are more likely to be diagnosed with Type 2 at a younger age.

 

121,000 people were living with the disease in 2016, that number is expected to rise to 125,000 this year.

 

The CDA in the report highlighted 3 recommendations for government, they include supplying an insulin pump to all eligible medical patient regardless of age.

 

LoRegio notes the unit cost upwards of $5,000 and currently are only being supplied to patients under 18 years old.

 

"If you're over the age of 18, unfortunately, there is no financial help available for you."

 

Other recommendation call for a plan to recruit and retain endocrinologists and to develop a policy to support students while at school.

 



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