November 2011

Facts About: Diabetic retinopathy

Diabetes affects the blood vessels in the body, including those in the eyes. Diabetic retinopathy is damage to the
blood vessels in the eye caused by hyperglycaemia. The damage to the blood vessels in the eyes can result in two
problems that lead to loss of vision: retinal swelling (macular edema) and new blood vessel growth. Read more...

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September 2011

Newsletter: Eye Health Care – Working Together to Eliminate Blindness for Patients with Diabetes

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is the leading cause of legal and functional blindness for persons in their working years (ages 25-75) worldwide. In Canada, it is expected that all patients with type 1 diabetes and >60% of patients with type 2 diabetes will have some form of DR in the first 2 decades following the diagnosis of diabetes. Read more...

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June 2011

Facts About: An Obesogenic environment? Individual and environmental influences on health, health behaviours and obesity

Obesity levels have been on the rise for many years. Are many people individually changing their behaviours or are changes to our environments impacting behaviour? Obesogenic environments have characteristics that promote and/or support behaviours that can lead to obesity, such as reduced physical activity and increased sedentariness, reduced consumption of fruits and vegetables, and increased consumption of fast food or processed food. This issue of Facts About Diabetes will focus on physical activity, obesity and environmental/contextual factors that may drive some of those behaviours. Read more...

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May 2011

Newsletter: More than just muscle-building - potential benefits of weight lifting for active individuals with type 1 diabetes

For individuals with type 1 diabetes, physical activity is associated with a lower burden of diabetes-related complications as well as improved longevity. Whether or not prescribed exercise interventions are beneficial to glycemic control (as reflected by hemoglobin A1C in individuals with type 1 diabetes remains unclear. Read more...

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April 2011

Facts About: Champlain Diabetes Foot Care Survey

All people living with diabetes, even those with healthy feet, must periodically access foot care services in order to stave off complications or to manage complications when they arise1. The Champlain Diabetes Foot Care Survey (DFCS) aimed to create a comprehensive inventory of points of care where people living with diabetes can access foot care and provide a clearer picture of what diabetes foot care looks like in the Champlain region. Read more...

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March 2011

Newsletter: Improving the postpartum care of women with Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), the onset or recognition of carbohydrate intolerance in pregnancy, affects approximately 4-8% of the Canadian population, depending on ethnic group and obesity rates. The Canadian Diabetes Association 2008 Clinical Practice Guidelines recommend that all women be screened with a one hour glucose measurement after a 50 g glucose load between 24 and 28 weeks gestation. Read more...

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February 2011

Facts About: Excess Costs of Diabetes and Complications

The average total cost of healthcare for those with diabetes is $5,104 for the first year of diagnosis; the average cost of healthcare for adult without diabetes is estimated to be $2,174 per patient per year. The excess average healthcare cost for those with diabetes is $2,930 in the first year of diagnosis. The excess average cost of healthcare for those with diabetes decreases over years following the year of diagnosis (around $1,240 excess compared with the non-diabetes population). Read more...

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January 2011

Newsletter: Monitor with Meaning? Frequency of Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose for Non-Insulin T2DM

On November 30, 2010 a Café Scientifique event hosted by the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) held an expert panel discussion open to the public and health care professionals on the topic of blood glucose self monitoring entitled “How much is enough?” in an attempt to address some of the recent research activity in this area. Read more...

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