In 2017, 7.3% of Canadians aged 12 and older (roughly 2.3 million people) reported being diagnosed with diabetes. Between 2016 and 2017, the proportion of males who reported being diagnosed with diabetes increased from 7.6% in 2016 to 8.4% in 2017. The proportion of females remained consistent between the two years.
Diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin, or when the insulin produced is not used effectively. Diabetes may lead to a reduced quality of life as well as complications such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.
Survey respondents were asked to report if they had been diagnosed with diabetes by a health professional. Included in the reports were:
Type 1, which is usually diagnosed in children and adolescents;
Type 2, which usually develops in adulthood; and
Gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy.
With such a high percentage of individuals affected by diabetes, Shas Pharmacy offers dedicated services to streamline diabetic care and maintenance. We offer a complete line of products including:
Blood and glucose meters
Over five million people living in Canada are unaware that they have diabetes. The symptoms are often over-looked, but if ignored, the condition can cause long-term complications, including heart disease, hypertension, dental diseases and eye damage.
Diabetes symptoms include:
Frequent thirst and passing of water
Feeling tired or lethargic
Cramps, often at night
High rate of infections
Numbness in hands or feet
If you are experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, pay us a visit so that we can conduct a quick test with a glucometer .
You can get more information from diabetes.ca