What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic, often debilitating and sometimes fatal disease, in which the body either cannot produce insulin or cannot properly use the insulin it produces. This leads to high levels of glucose in the blood, which can damage organs, blood vessels and nerves. The body needs insulin to use glucose as an energy source.
There are more than 9 million Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes. With more than 20 people being newly diagnosed with the disease every hour of every day, chances are that diabetes affects you or someone you know.
For additional information, please refer to the links below;
http://www.diabetes.ca/about-us/ Canadian Diabetes Association
http://www.heartandstroke.com/site Heart & Stroke Foundation
http://www.jdrf.ca/ Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Canada
http://diabetes-children.ca/en/ The Diabetic ChildrenÕs Foundation
http://www.diabeteshopefoundation.com/ Diabetes Hope Foundation