President & CEO, Diabetes Canada
In 2021, we’ll mark the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin — a revolutionary scientific achievement that has changed the lives of people with diabetes. Co-discovered by Canada’s Sir Frederick Banting, it’s a moment of national pride.
Today, one in three Canadians has diabetes or prediabetes, and those at age 20 now face a 50 percent chance of developing the disease. That this number is staggering signals that we must make another historic change to end diabetes.
Advances have been made in diabetes prevention, treatment, and management over the last century, from transformational technologies like glucose monitoring devices to telemedicine and virtual health care, which is of great value during the COVID-19 pandemic —and especially for adults living with diabetes, who are at greater risk of developing serious symptoms and complications.
But the availability of these advancements to those with diabetes is insufficient. Patients should be empowered to access the medical devices, medications, care, healthy foods, and environments they need.
Fortunately, Canadians are supporting Diabetes Canada in advocating to governments for a comprehensive nation-wide diabetes strategy (Diabetes 360°). They support our investments in research, in improved diabetes management for all types of diabetes, and in a cure. They’re helping us build awareness and understanding about the risk factors for diabetes and prevention, as well as improving the quality of life for those living with diabetes.