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WCH marks World Diabetes Day

November 13, 2017

World Diabetes Day

By Diba Kohandani

November 14 marks World Diabetes Day and this year’s theme is women and diabetes – our right to a healthy future. According to the International Diabetes Federation, one in ten women are living with diabetes and diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally.

“While diabetes is more common in males, females aged 20-50 years have seen the fastest rise in diabetes rates,” says Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe, director of endocrinology, Women’s College Hospital (WCH). “Furthermore, the associated complications stemming from diabetes, such as cardiovascular disease and kidney disease, have a greater effect on the female population.”

So what are the three best ways to lower your chances of developing diabetes?

  1. Reduce stress in your daily life.
  2. Try to get at least seven hours of sleep each night.
  3. Maintain an active lifestyle.

Although diabetes can be brought on by many different contributing factors, some of which are outside of an individual’s control, such as age and ethnic background, particular focus should be placed on factors that are controllable like striving for healthy living and maintaining a healthy weight. “Research shows that losing 7 to 10 per cent of your body weight could lower your chances of developing diabetes by as much as two-thirds,” said Dr. Lipscombe.

According to Diabetes Canada, about 90 per cent of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. Although up to 70 per cent of cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented through the adoption of a healthy lifestyle, type 2 diabetes disproportionately affects people with a lower socioeconomic status, which demonstrates a need to look at ways to address these types of health gaps.

So join us on November 14 to shine the light on World Diabetes Day!

 

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