What is the Diabetes Wellness Program?
The Diabetes Wellness Program provides information, counseling and support for community members with diabetes and their families.
How Can the Diabetes Wellness Program Help You?
We can work with you to help you manage your diabetes meet your goals.
To help guide you in keeping your blood sugar, blood pressure and blood fats at a healthy level - this is the key to living well with diabetes.
Learning to make healthy choices about food, activity and medications is the first step.
By making the right choices now, you may prevent or delay the long-term problem that diabetes can cause (which affects the eyes, kidneys, heart and nerves).
Where Do We Start?
Ask your Doctor or Nurse, or health care provider to refer you to the Diabetes Wellness Program. Once we receive a referral we will book to see you as soon as possible. Persons with diabetes can also self refer to access our services.
Type 2 diabetes is a health concern among the indigenous population. First Nations on reserve have a rate of diabetes three to five times higher than that of other Canadians.Established in 1999, the Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (ADI) had initial funding of $58 million over 5 years. It was then expanded in 2005 with a budget of $190 million over 5 years. Currently, Health Canada is investing over $50 million per year to support the ADI's third phase, as the Government continues supporting health promotion and diabetes prevention activities and services.
What is Diabetes
Diabetes happens when your body does not make or use insulin the right way. Insulin is important for your body to turn sugar from food into energy. There are three types of diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes happens when the body doesn't make insulin;
Type 2 diabetes happens when the body has trouble using the insulin it makes; and
Gestational diabetes where the body can't use insulin during pregnancy.
Who gets diabetes?
Aboriginal people are more likely to get type 2 diabetes – the most common kind – than other Canadians. Younger Aboriginal people are developing type 2 diabetes more than before.
If I have type 2 diabetes, how can I best manage it?
Managing diabetes – through lifestyle and possibly medication – is a helpful way to slow or stop damage to your kidneys, poor circulation, heart disease or eye diseases.
How can a traditional lifestyle help prevent diabetes?
Diabetes was not always a health issue for Aboriginal people. When Aboriginal people had a traditional lifestyle with lots of physical activity and traditional foods, fewer people had diabetes. Living a more traditional lifestyle can give Aboriginal people a way to prevent diabetes, and can help those who have diabetes live healthier lives. To learn more about diabetes, visit the TFN Health Centre or go to: www.healthcanada.gc.ca/ADI
For further information about the program please drop by the Health Centre or contact
Tel: 819-723-2260 ext. 119