Diabetes is a life-long condition that can seriously reduce quality of life
and lead to early mortality if not managed properly. Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented. 70% of Type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented or at least delayed; as can 60% of diabetes-related complications in either type.

 

This Campaign is active across the Simcoe County geographic region and with a focus on children and youth. There are over 110,000 children and youth age 19 and under In Simcoe County. Diabetes prevalence in Simcoe Muskoka has actually been rising at a faster pace than the Province as a whole (ICES 2011)

Diabetes in adults

Diabetes is a worldwide pandemic. As at the end pf 2017, over 425 million adults (20-79) are living with diabetes and another 352 million with pre-diabetes which means they face higher risk for Type 2.

In Canada, over 5 million adults are living with diabetes and an estimated 6 million have pre-diabetes.

Diabetes prevalence in Simcoe Muskoka has actually been rising at a faster pace than the Province as a whole (ICES 2011)

Diabetes in children and youth

It is estimated that worldwide over 1.1 million children and youth age 19 and under have Type 1 diabetes. No one knows how many children and youth have Type 2 diabetes but there is wide agreement the numbers are escalating due in part to overweight/obesity and inactive life-style.

Type 2 diabetes is initially invisible and is progressive. At time of diagnosis, cell damage can be in progress. It is estimated that 40% of those with Type 2 diabetes do not know they have the disease.

Taking action

Raising awareness, helping youth and families to understand how to reduce their risk of youth-onset Type 2 diabetes and encouraging early testing are the practical weapons available in the fight against diabetes.

Our diabetes awareness and prevention campaign is focused on youth-onset Type 2 diabetes and complications in both types.

We are asking families, teachers, schools, health care providers, employers and municipalities to join with us to help prevent Type 2 diabetes in our children and youth.

How you can help?

Families

  • Consider having your children tested for diabetes. As a start, you can use our online, self-scoring risk questionnaire for youth and seek testing from a healthcare professional if the score indicates a need
  • Increase your knowledge of diabetes by taking our short, free eLearning course, Understanding Diabetes’

Schools & Teachers

  • Hold a school-wide Diabetes Awareness Day
  • Promote healthy eating and modest daily exercise for all students
  • Schedule a School Tour for your class to our Diabetes Management & Education Centre at the historic birthplace of Sir Frederick Banting, co-discoverer of insulin and Canada’s first Nobel Laureate
  • Advocate for in-school support programs for students with diabetes

Employers

  • Ensure your Workplace Wellness program includes diabetes prevention
  • Post our informative Info-graphics in your workplace
  • Encourage your employees to have their families tested for diabetes
  • Add a supporting Prevention Campaign page to your website

Municipalities

  • Post our informative Info-graphics in your public spaces; libraries, recreation centres, municipal offices
  • Encourage your staff to have their families tested for diabetes
  • Add a supporting Prevention Campaign page to your website

Healthcare providers

  • Encourage your patients to get tested for diabetes
  • Post our informative Info-graphics in your reception area

Pharmacies

  • Post our informative Info-graphics in your premises
  • Provide a diabetes testing service for all family members

Share your action with us

Please help us track the actions taken by you or your organization in support of our Campaign. Send an email to prevention@bantinglegacy.ca with a brief description of your event or initiative. We will add it to our list of of county-wide actions.

 

Key Questions for you with responses available on this website

Do you know the risk factors for youth-onset Type 2 diabetes?

Are you at risk?

  • Youth: Type 2 Risk Self-Assessment Questionnaire for Youth (8 – 18) (bantinglegacy.ca/survey)
  • Adults: Take the CanRisk survey (http://bantinglegacy.ca/diabetes-risk/)

Do you know what it is like to live with diabetes?

Do you understand the impact of diabetes?

Does your school have a support program for students with diabetes?

Does your Workplace Wellness program include a focus on diabetes prevention?

Take advantage of our educational tours at the historic birthplace of Sir Frederick Banting.