November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and today, November 14th is recognized worldwide as Diabetes Day.
Approximately 13,000 Islanders are living with diabetes, Madam Speaker. If left undiagnosed or untreated, diabetes can lead to many life-threatening complications.
To provide for enhanced diabetes prevention, detection and management, this past July, I was pleased to release the PEI Diabetes Strategy for 2014-2017.
This strategy was developed with the input of key stakeholders, and provides a road map for diabetes care in the province. This includes the development of key strategies to prevent type 2 diabetes, appropriately screen for type 2 diabetes, and promote best practice guidelines in overall diabetes management in the province.
To help improve the lives of children with type 1 diabetes and to assist with the costs associated with insulin pump therapy, we recently implemented an Insulin Pump Program for Children and Youth.
Working with our partners and with expert direction from the steering committee tasked with implementing the strategy, we will continue to address the needs of Islanders who are living with or at risk of developing diabetes.
At this time, I want to thank representatives of various organizations, including the Canadian Diabetes Association, for their continued work on the steering committee.
I welcome to the public gallery today Mr. Terry Lewis, Manager of Community Engagement for the Atlantic chapter of the Canadian Diabetes Association.
To mark Diabetes Awareness Month, the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) is unveiling its Don’t Be Risky campaign. I encourage all Islanders to visit the DontBeRisky.ca website and fill out the CANRISK test.
This test can help identify your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. . . and this is very important because early diagnosis and treatment can decrease complications and improve quality of life. Thank you.