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Diabetes Awareness, Why We Need to Move More.

November 26, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month, it’s a good time to write about diabetes and why we should take action by moving our bodies more everyday!

Diabetes is caused by one's inability (type 1) and or reduced ability (type 2) to produce insulin. It affects the ability to store and process glucose, a main energy source. If diabetes remains undetected and preventative measures aren’t taken, diabetes can lead to health complications and even premature death.More than one in four Canadians live with diabetes or prediabetes (a condition if left unchecked puts you at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes). More than 20 people are diagnosed with diabetes every hour!

Why are rates increasing?

  • Aging population
  • Rising obesity rates
  • Increasingly sedentary lifestyles
  • People of Aboriginal descent are 3 to 5 times greater risk
  • Almost 80% of Canadians are from populations that have a higher risk for type 2 diabetes...people of Hispanic, Asian, South Asian, or African descent

Canadian Diabetes Association Stats:

  • 80% of Canadians with diabetes die from a heart attack or a stroke
  • Diabetes is the single leading cause of blindness in Canada
  • 7 of 10 non-traumatic limb amputations are the result of diabetes complications
  • 25% of people with diabetes suffer from depression
  • The life expectancy for people with type 1 diabetes may be shortened by 15 years
  • The life expectancy for people with type 2 diabetes may be shortened by 5 to 10 years

For some, diabetes can’t be prevented, but for the majority of people, regular physical activity, healthy eating, and maintaining a healthy weight can help prevent and manage the complications of diabetes.

Questions about diabetes and activity please call the Physical Activity Line (1-877-725-1149).

Take the CANRISK Questionnaire now!


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