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Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Month. 

Islanders aged 40 to 74 years are urged to check their risk of having diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes usually develops in adulthood.  Pre-diabetes means a person’s blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes.
Diabetes is a serious chronic disease and if left undiagnosed or untreated, diabetes can lead to life threatening complications including heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and amputation.

Knowing your risk can help you make healthy choices now that will reduce your risk or even prevent you from developing diabetes.

Are you at risk?  
Take the CANRISK test or obtain a copy at a Primary Care Health Centre.

While some risk factors cannot be changed, such as age, gender, family history and ethnicity, other risk factors may respond to lifestyle changes.  These include weight, physical activity, diet and smoking.  If you would like assistance in making lifestyle changes, we offer a six week Living a Healthy Life - Self Management Program.  For more information call 1-888-854-7244 (toll-free) or e-mail

How can I learn more?  
If you are living with diabetes or at risk of developing diabetes, the Provincial Diabetes Program can provide you with education, support and management advice.
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