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Culture's Healing Potential Offers Hope For Canada's Indigenous

Jon McGavock | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Impact
Jon McGavock

Epidemics of obesity, diabetes, infectious diseases and suicide that plague First Nation children across Canada are complex and multi-faceted. Yet government solutions often focus on simplistic bio-medical approaches -- when they address the crises at all -- and too often ignore the cultural strategies proposed by indigenous leaders.

Canada Needs To Provide An Urgent Investment In Indigenous Health

Brian Postl | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Brian Postl

The health of Canada's indigenous people lags substantially behind other Canadians -- and the tragic reality is well documented. Sadly, the data regarding poor health status for indigenous populations shows us this is true across all major illnesses and across all age groups. In other words, being an indigenous person in Canada is too often a dangerous reality. But it doesn't have to be this way. These phenomena are not new, and while Canada has been good at documenting health crises, and collecting evidence, we've been poor at doing anything about it.

Poverty Creates A Vicious Cycle Of Food Insecurity And Poor Health

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Living
Ontario Association of Food Banks

The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) reports that rates of diabetes are disproportionately higher among low-income individuals and First Nations people, two demographics that also face high rates of food insecurity. It's easy to tell someone to "just eat healthier," but it is a lot more difficult to actually put into practice, especially if you can't afford it.

Caretaking Tips For Seniors With Diabetes

Optimum Care | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Living
Optimum Care

Caring for seniors with diabetes comes with unique challenges. While many seniors may have been managing their diabetes on their own for quite some time, they often require more help as they age. And while managing diabetes can be tough, it's definitely not impossible. If you do your homework, take the time to understand the disease, and remain diligent, you can help your loved ones stay happy and healthy with or without diabetes. Here are some tips to get you started.

Diabetes: From Ancient Discovery To Contemporary Treatment

Jacques Beaulieu | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Living
Jacques Beaulieu

Diabetes is a disease known since ancient times. It was part of what was then called the anomalies of water vessels of the body, as described in the E...

We Need Federal Leadership To Tackle Rising Obesity Rates

Kelvin K. Ogilvie | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Living
Kelvin K. Ogilvie

Almost two thirds of adults in Canada are overweight or obese, according to Statistics Canada -- a dramatic increase that has taken place over the last 30 plus years. Unfortunately the increase in obesity rates has also affected our children. It's cold comfort to find that Canada is not alone.

What Exactly Is The Difference Between Type 1 And 2 Diabetes?

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Cole | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Living

It's always about insulin — just in different ways.

Paleo Diet Is Unhealthy and Fattening, According to Australian Researchers

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Living

At the end of the day, it all comes down to calories.

Simple Lifestyle And Nutrition Changes Can Help Treat Diabetes

Dr. Allana Polo | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Allana Polo

Two recently released reports have revealed that Canada has one of the highest rates of Type 2 diabetes among 34 developed countries. Estimates suggest that more than three million Canadians struggle with this disease, and a further 5.7 million have pre-diabetes which could develop into the full-blown disorder.

We Need To Address The Rising Rates Of Kidney Failure

Mariette J. Chartier | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Living
Mariette J. Chartier

As many as 40,000 people in Canada are affected by kidney failure. Debilitating symptoms, decreased quality of life, mental health issues, financial challenges and frequent need for medical visits and hospitalizations significantly impact the lives of people with kidney failure.

Do You Know Enough About Diabetes?

Victor Wong | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living
Victor Wong

Knowing your risk factors can help you make healthy changes that may prevent type 2 diabetes from occurring.

Top 7 Ways To Reverse And Prevent Diabetes

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

There are a variety of different types of diabetes; however Type 2 Diabetes is the most common affecting 90-95% of all diabetes cases. Type 2 diabetes is almost 100% curable by making changes to your diet, lifestyle, and environment.

Home Cooked Meals Can Help Reduce Your Risk For Diabetes

AFP Relaxnews | Posted 11.14.2015 | Canada Living

Don't worry you can still eat out, just not as often.

'Dimmer Switch' May Be 'Game Changer' For Diabetes Research

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Alberta

MacDonald says the discovery could lead to a new way of treating the disease in the future.

Half Of All American Adults Are Diabetic Or Prediabetic

AFP Relax News | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Living

And it looks like those numbers are plateauing.

5 Slow Carb Swaps for Energy, Weight Loss and Health

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 08.19.2015 | Canada Living
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

With slow carbs, your blood sugar will go up slowly, won't go up as high, and will peter off gradually, looking more like a gentle wave than a tsunami. This means you avoid the Spike-Crash-Crave cycle. Research suggests that the most effective long-term weight loss diet features moderate amounts of protein along with slow carbs.

School Districts Need to Adopt Comprehensive Diabetes Policies Now

Jan Hux | Posted 08.17.2015 | Canada Parents
Jan Hux

Most students can manage their diabetes independently or with minimal support, and they can fully participate in school activities, including gym, field trips and celebrations. However, some, especially very young children with type 1 diabetes, may need trained personnel to help administer insulin, monitor blood sugar levels or supervise food intake and activity. Students with diabetes may also need flexibility in school rules to prevent low or high blood sugar, and, in some cases, may also need help with recognizing "lows" and "highs."

Rising Diabetes, Obesity Putting Ethnic Groups At Risk: Study

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Living

Steadily rising rates of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure over the last decade have dramatically increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes among some groups of ethnic Canadians, researchers say.

How Bacteria Could Help Weight Loss Surgery Success

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.09.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Controlling obesity is never an easy prospect and for some, the best option is to undergo bariatric surgery. The practice has been around since the 1960s and involves restricting the volume of the stomach either with a band or through surgical removal of a large part of the stomach organ. There's also another factor in determining the benefit of this surgery: the microbes living in the gut. The tens of trillions of bacteria can also be affected by the change. Although this was known hypothetically for years, in 2010, it was shown for the first time.

Why You Should Eat More Low Glycemic Foods

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

The rise of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease motivates some people to become more careful about the food choices they make. If you are looking for an easy tool to help make healthy choices and help prevent the onset of chronic disease, the glycemic index has been shown to do just that.

Are You Pregnant? Get Moving to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

If you're pregnant and wondering if you can still hit the gym, recent research answers with a resounding "yes." Researchers looked at 2,800 healthy pregnant women who enrolled in exercise programs. By exercising moderately, the women reduced their risk of gestational diabetes by more than 30 per cent.

A Lack of Awareness Heightens the Risk of Diabetes

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 07.05.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Lack of awareness keeps a vast part of the population with elevated blood sugar that is not yet diabetic but can lead to worsening outcomes from making important lifestyle changes, such as cutting back on sodas and sugary foods as well as losing weight and getting more exercise.

As a Diabetic, Here's How I'll Try to Fast for 19 Hours

Tania Budhwani | Posted 06.19.2016 | Canada Living
Tania Budhwani

Traditionally, Muslims are not allowed to eat throughout the day while they fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Although individuals with illnesses are usually exempt from fasting, I try my best to do what I can. It's an interesting struggle to keep the balance between fulfilling my religious responsibilities and keeping my health in check. The criticism is endless, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! My doctors have advised me against fasting numerous times, but I think it should be a personal choice.

Juice Cleanses: Just Don't Do Them!

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

It's funny how the fads come and go. Cleanses and detox diets have actually been around for more than 100 years. But Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator April Thorimbert says, it's not always a good thing when history repeats itself.

Canada Should Follow Finland's Example in the Fight Against Diabetes

Jan Hux | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Jan Hux

But there is an even greater danger with a simplistic understanding of diabetes that focuses exclusively on individual choice -- it diverts attention and resources from other approaches which may be more effective at addressing the diabetes epidemic. It is projected that by the year 2020, one in three Canadians will have either diabetes or pre-diabetes.