• Jen Bennett RD CDE

November: Diabetes Awareness Month

Updated: Nov 17, 2020

Did you know that ONE IN THREE Canadians have diabetes or prediabetes? Think about the people you know. One in three.


Did you know, if you are 20 years of age, you face a FIFTY PERCENT (50%) chance of developing diabetes in your lifetime?

(https://diabetes.ca/diabetescanadawebsite/media/campaigns/NDAM/did-you-know-infographic-general-public_FNL.pdf)


If you are someone who HAS diabetes, working with a Registered Dietitian or Online Nutritionist, can help you reduce your A1C by 1-2% (average blood sugars over three months). This means that by taking charge of your health and working with a dietitian, you can make a major impact on your long-term health and reduce your risk of complications.


If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, you can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% by working with a Dietitian.


If you have a family history of diabetes or are at higher risk of developing it, nutrition and lifestyle support can prevent this outcome.


As per Diabetes Canada, "you could be one of the 1.5 million Canadian with diabetes and not know it. It's important to know the risk factors and get checked". Here are the risk factors:


https://www.diabetes.ca/type-2-risks/risk-factors---assessments


Here is a tool to calculate your risk of developing prediabetes or diabetes:


The Canadian Diabetes Risk Questionnaire (CANRISK):

https://healthycanadians.gc.ca/en/canrisk


If you are at risk of having diabetes, talk to your doctor. You can also talk to the dietitians at The Nutrition Room, even if you just want to reduce your risk and improve your overall health. We specialize in diabetes and would love to support you!


Sources:

1. Diabetes Canada, 2020

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