I rise today in support of a great new initiative that helps Islanders determine their risk for developing type 2 diabetes ….which is increasing at an alarming rate in our province.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month.…. and the Canadian Diabetes Association is raising awareness of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes…. through its new Make Time campaign.
The Make Time campaign encourages Islanders to find two minutes to take a simple online risk test at take2minutes.ca …. or talk to their health care provider about their risk.
This is an important initiative Mr. Speaker … because there are one million Canadians living with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.
And if left untreated, diabetes can cause life-threatening complications such as heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and amputation.
When people are aware of the risks, they can make choices that decrease their chance of developing prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.
For Islanders with diabetes Mr. Speaker, we have an excellent provincial Diabetes program … that helps them maintain and enhance their quality of life.
Over the past three years, over 7,700 Islanders have participated in the diabetes program…. including 4,100 since September 2014.
Through our provincial diabetes strategy, we have improved access to diabetes medications, equipment and supplies, including the insulin pump program for children.
And we continue to work with our partners to increase public awareness of diabetes… and engage Islanders in activities like this ….. that help them take more control over their own health.
We commend the Diabetes Association on this super campaign …. and the excellent support it provides to Islanders.
And I encourage all Islanders to take the two minute test this month to find out their risk for diabetes.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.