As part of the initiatives taken during the Diabetes Awareness Month – November – the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) is spreading awareness about diabetes, a diseases which according to the Association has reached epidemic proportions in Canada.
With millions of people in Canada still living with undiagnosed diabetes, there is an urgent need to take action and make more and more people aware about the disease and its dangers to curtail its spread, the Association said in a press note. According to latest statistics, one in three Canadians is living with diabetes or prediabetes.
The Association is taking the opportunity presented by the Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day (November 14) to bring diabetes into the spotlight and educate Canadians about the disease and enable them to find the level of risk they are at with respect to the disease and take early action to prevent any harmful repercussions.
The CDA has urged Canadians to visit DiabetesTest.ca and take the online CANRISK test to learn about their risk levels for developing type 2 diabetes. The awareness campaign takes a playful look at the misconceptions people often have about type 2 diabetes, and is a reminder that you may be at risk even if you don’t fit the stereotypical model of someone with type 2 diabetes.
The CDA has also launched the 21 Day Challenge to End Diabetes, encouraging Canadians to form a new, healthy habit for 21 days and challenge others to do the same. By taking part in this fundraiser, Canadians will improve their health and help end diabetes by raising vital funds to support diabetes research, education and support programs.
“There are many risk factors for type 2 diabetes, some of which we can’t control. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can make a difference in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes,” says Dr. Jan Hux, Chief Science Officer for the CDA. “The 21 Day Challenge is designed to help people make a positive and lasting change in their life while supporting the work of the CDA.”
In addition to the two main campaigns, local CDA offices across Canada will be holding events throughout Diabetes Awareness Month.