More than 50,000 Newfoundlanders living with diabetes

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The Canadian Diabetes Association held an unveiling of the Diabetes Charter for Canada in St. John’s this morning.

It hopes to bring attention and awareness to what is described as bordering on an epidemic in this province with more than 57,000 people diagnosed with the disease.

Officials at the unveiling said coupled with the province’s high obesity rates, the combination is a recipe for disaster.

In 10 years, the number of people expected to be diagnosed will be more than 80,000 if action isn’t taken.

Carol Ann Smith, regional director for the Canadian Diabetes Association, Newfoundland and Labrador, said the Canadian Diabetes Charter is the first one for North America.

“It provides a shared voice and a common vision for people living with diabetes in Canada,” she told reporters during the unveiling.

Smith said it outlines the rights and responsibilities for those living with the disease, as well as the responsibilities of governments  who are part of the fight to treat it and help get it under control.

According to a news release, health and patient charters exist in about two dozen countries, including Canada. They describe the rights and responsibilities of a specific population and serve to drive improvements in programs and the delivery of health services.

To sign the charter, go to

Organizations: Canadian Diabetes Association, Canadian Diabetes Charter

Geographic location: Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, North America

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  • Black Ink
    April 07, 2014 - 15:33

    I have seen this number-of-cases mentioned sporadically recently in the news. What is the breakdown between Type 1 and Type 2 though? I.E. how much of it is genetics vs lifestyle?