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Facts about Diabetes

More than 9 million Canadians are living with diabetes or prediabetes.

What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition in which the body either cannot produce insulin or cannot effectively use the insulin it produces.

Type 1 Diabetes (or insulin-dependent diabetes) occurs when the pancreas no longer produces any or very little insulin. The body needs insulin to use sugar as an energy source. Type 1 Diabetes usually develops in childhood or adolescence and affects 10% of people with diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes (or non-insulin-dependent diabetes) occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to meet the body's needs or the insulin is not used effectively. Type 2 usually occurs later in life and affects 90% of people with diabetes. In recent years there has been an increase in Type 2 diabetes in children.

Gestational Diabetes, is a temporary condition that occurs during pregnancy. It affects approximately 2 to 4 per cent of all pregnancies (in the non-Aboriginal population) and involves an increased risk of developing diabetes for both mother and child.

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Adult Diabetes Centre Centre for Complex Diabetes Care Paediatric Diabetes .

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