Frequently Asked Questions

How can diabetes impact your health?

Diabetes is a serious illness. It can damage your heart, kidneys, eyes and can shorten life expectancy.

One in 11 Canadians has diabetes. And, you could be one of the many Canadians who have diabetes but don’t know it. If someone in your family has diabetes – you might also.

Diabetes can be managed – through lifestyle choices, medication and blood glucose testing. Find out how to avoid the most serious complications of this disease.

Without treatment diabetes is devastating to your health.

Diabetes is a condition in which your body cannot properly use and store sugar (fuel) from the food you eat. Insulin is needed to help the body use sugar for energy.

When a person has Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas does not make any insulin. When a person has Type 2 diabetes, the body makes some insulin, but not enough, or the body cannot properly use the insulin that is produced.