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Canadian Diabetes Association Applauds Newfoundland Labrador Budget Commitment to Children Living with Diabetes

by NationTalk on April 27, 2007846 Views

ST. JOHN’S, April 27 – The Canadian Diabetes Association welcomes the recently announced Government of Newfoundland Labrador’s commitment to a Children’s Insulin Pump Program.

“The recent budget announcement was a victory for children in Newfoundland Labrador living with diabetes,” said Carol Ann Smith, Regional Director, Newfoundland Labrador, Canadian Diabetes Association. “There is now greater access for children in Newfoundland Labrador living with Type 1 diabetes to obtain this effective management tool to better manage their diabetes.” The budget commitment will provide insulin pumps and supplies for children under 18 diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. This commitment will benefit some 100 children and another 30 who are diagnosed annually. Given that an insulin pump costs an average $6,000, and supplies cost about $3,600 a year, this announcement puts $960,000 directly into the pocketbooks of at least 100 families affected by Type 1 diabetes.

“The Canadian Diabetes Association believes that the cost of diabetes medications and supplies should not be a barrier or a burden to managing the disease,” said Carol Ann Smith. “The leadership this government has shown for young people in Newfoundland Labrador with Type 1 diabetes is very exciting. By investing in insulin pump therapy for children, the government is investing in a healthier Newfoundland Labrador.”

The Canadian Diabetes Association expects the health-care system will benefit from fewer cases of diabetes complications (heart disease, stroke, dialysis, vision loss, amputation) over the longer term as people with diabetes use insulin pumps to maintain better glycemic control and thus prevent or delay the complications and remain more productive.

More than two million Canadians have diabetes and this number is expected to increase dramatically as the population ages. Approximately 10 percent of people with diabetes have Type 1 and diagnosis is most often in children and young adults. Along with insulin adjustments, treatment also includes careful meal planning, physical activity, and self-blood glucose testing. For Type 2 diabetes, risk factors include: being age 40 and over; being related to a person with diabetes; being of Aboriginal, Hispanic, South Asian, Asian or African descent, and being overweight or obese.

The Canadian Diabetes Association works to prevent diabetes and improve the quality of life for those affected, through research, education, service and advocacy. With a presence in more than 150 communities, the Canadian Diabetes Association’s strong network of assistance includes volunteers, employees, healthcare professionals and partners.

For further information: Carol Ann Smith, Regional Director, Canadian Diabetes Association, Ph. (709) 754-0953 Ext. 24, carolann.smith@diabetes.ca

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