Diabetes is a worldwide pandemic. The 2015 IDF Diabetes Atlas reports there are over 415 million people living with diabetes and that number is predicted to grow to 592 million in a decade or less.
Included in that trend is an escalation of the number of children and youth living with Type 2 diabetes; some as young as eight. That is a double tragedy because 70% of Type 2 cases could be prevented or at least delayed with healthy eating, modest daily exercise and not smoking. Thirty minutes of exercise a day can reduce the risk of contracting Type 2 diabetes by 40%.
One in two people living with Type 2 diabetes do not realize they have it. Early identification of diabetes is essential to reduce the chances of developing serious complications.
Our children and youth are at risk and we all need to do what we can to stem this tide.
Therein lies the motivation for the Mission of the Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation.
Diabetes, once contracted, is a lifelong condition. There is, as yet, no cure but all forms of diabetes can be treated effectively. For example, Gestational Diabetes may resolve itself after pregnancy. Type 2 may be treated with various medications, including insulin in some cases, or may be effectively controlled through diet and exercise. Type 1 normally requires multiple daily doses of insulin.
The discovery of insulin by Banting, Best, Collip and Macleod is Canada’s gift to the world. Since that discovery in 1921 at the University of Toronto, hundreds of millions of lives have been saved and that reality continues.
We ask you to help us continue our Programs to reduce the risk for our children and youth.
David Sadleir, PhD, PEng