C.W. WIEBE MEDICAL CENTRE
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If you do not have a family physician (primary care provider) and are new to our area, please contact the Family Doctor Finder program at 1-866-690-8260 or online at Family Doctor Finder .
Editorial by Joanne Stoesz, LPN (Also see article published in The Voice, Aug. 4th edition)
Diabetes, that awful sounding word. Visions of sugar free foods, no bread on our plates, exercising every day, needles and visits to the doctor start to float through our heads. Followed by “how could this happen to me and where did I go wrong?” The truth is that 3.4 million Canadians are diabetic and 5.7 million of us are pre-diabetic, meaning we will develop diabetes in the future. Chances are that you most likely know someone who has diabetes or will have in the future. Diabetes can lead to much bigger health concerns such as: heart disease, stroke, depression, eye damage, kidney disease, and nerve damage, just to name a few.
Why are we as Canadians so sweet? A number of factors can lead to developing diabetes: family members with diabetes, high blood pressure/cholesterol, being overweight, belonging to a high risk group (Aboriginal, Asian, African, or Hispanic), obstructive sleep apnea, poly cystic ovarian syndrome, giving birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 lbs, or having a diagnosis of depression/schizophrenia/bipolar disorder. With a list such as this it’s no wonder diabetes seems to be around every corner. Yet, so many Canadians say they do not feel comfortable saying that they are diabetic, 37% in fact.
So let’s talk about it! Understanding how you can prevent diabetes or help someone who has to live with it every day is a great step. Everyone’s journey is different. Understand that some people developed diabetes at a young age, others maybe only in their 80’s. What works for one person, may not work for the next. Encouragement and a great cheer leading team do go a long way in helping someone on their journey. Since statistics show that quite a few of us Canadians are at risk of developing diabetes, why don’t we join the already existing diabetics in changing our lifestyles. If you read the list of risk factors and realized you are at risk, start being proactive already. For a risk assessment go to: www.diabetes.ca/take-the-test/ and browse the Canadian Diabetic Association website for more information on diabetes and healthy living.
Both Agassiz Medical Centre and CW Wiebe Medical Centre currently have a My Health Team in place. This team includes dietitians, a pharmacist, a chronic disease nurse and a respiratory therapist that work alongside your doctor to provide care. If you are a diabetic who has not had a complete review in over 6 months or if you wish to have more education and help managing your diabetes; ask your doctor about a referral to the team.