Diabetes rates in Newfoundland and Labrador are the highest in Canada and they don’t show any signs of letting up.
The Canadian Diabetes Association released a report this week showing that we lead the pack in terms of diabetes numbers for Canada. The report says, “It’s estimated the direct and indirect financial impact of diabetes in Newfoundland and Labrador currently costs the province $254 million per year. By 2020, these costs will increase to over $322 million per year if we don’t take action.” (See the The Cost of Diabetes in Newfoundland and Labrador report here).
So what do we do? Well the CDA is recommending that the government move towards establishing a provincial Diabetes Program with the specific responsibility and accountability for addressing diabetes issues in the province. Either that or we can continue to bury our heads in the sand and hope that it goes away.
The personal challenge though is not to wait for government to act. Instead, each one of us can do our part. Lose weight. Best way known to do that is through increased physical activity (used to be called exercise) and reduced food intake. If you take in less and expend more, your fat will go down. While you're at it, throw out the salt shaker.
Won’t be long before it’s not only our heads being buried.
(Personal disclaimer: I'm a Type 2, insulin-dependent diabetic)