Five million Canadians have pre-diabetes: do you?
(NC)— In Canada, more than five million Canadians have pre-diabetes, meaning they are at risk for developing diabetes.
Pre-diabetes occurs when blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. If left untreated, more than half of the people with pre-diabetes will have Type 2 diabetes within eight to 10 years. Diabetes can also lead to many serious complications, including heart and kidney disease, vision loss, lower limb amputation, and even premature death. .
While healthy lifestyle choices can lessen the chances of developing pre-diabetes and diabetes, you could still be at risk, and many people are pre-diabetic without even knowing it.
If you would like to know if you have pre-diabetes, talk to your health care provider. Before you go, be sure to take a new online questionnaire developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada called CANRISK.
The questionnaire helps Canadians assess an individual's risk of developing type 2 diabetes by assessing risk factors such as age, height, weight, ethnicity, and family background. The questionnaire also offers helpful tips and information for making lifestyle changes that can reduce risk factors.
The questionnaire can be taken online at www.phac-aspc.gc.ca or at Shoppers Drug Mart/ Pharmaprix, Pharmasave, Rexall, and Loblaw pharmacies. CANRISK is also available as a free app through the Apple store. The questionnaire only takes a few minutes, and results are instantaneous. The Agency has also created a publication called Your Guide to Diabetes, which can be obtained online or through 1-800-O-Canada.
Both CANRISK and Your Guide to Diabetes are available in 11 alternate languages: Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Korean, Vietnamese, Punjabi, Urdu, Gujarati, Tamil, Tagalog, Farsi, and Spanish, which can be ordered through e-mail at PSD-DPS@phac-aspc.gc.ca.
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