You could have diabetes and not even know it

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KAWARTHA LAKES-Whether you have diabetes or want to find out if you have it, the Diabetes Health Fair is for you.

A leading medical expert will open this year’s event at the Lindsay Recreation Complex on World Diabetes Day, November 14th.“We’re so pleased to be able to bring Dr. Peter Lin to the community to kick off our Diabetes Health Fair,” said Cheryl Carl, RMH Coordinator of Clinical Nutrition and Diabetes Education.  “A lot of people in the community will be familiar with Dr. Lin as a health columnist on CBC Radio. On World Diabetes Day, Dr. Lin will discuss the links between diabetes and heart disease, both of which impact a significant section of our local population.”

According to statistics provided by Diabetes Canada people with the disease are over three times more likely to be hospitalized with cardiovascular disease, 12 times more likely to be hospitalized with end-stage renal disease and over 20 times more likely to be hospitalized for a non-traumatic lower limb amputation compared to the general population.

Diabetes is when the body does not properly process food for use as energy. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy.

The most recent numbers from statistics Canada show that in 2008, 6.3% of males (900,000) and 5.4% of females (800,000) aged 12 or older reported a diagnosis of diabetes. However, the actual number of people with diabetes is likely to be even higher because many people with diabetes may not be aware of it.

Signs and symptoms can include the following:
  • Unusual thirst.
  • Frequent urination.
  • Weight change (gain or loss)
  • Extreme fatigue or lack of energy.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Frequent or recurring infections.
  • Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal.
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet.

Dr. Lin is the Director of Primary Care Initiatives at the Canadian Heart Research Centre. He was one of the authors in the vascular protection section of the Canadian Diabetes Guidelines in 2013 and will be part of the 2018 Diabetes Canada Guidelines.

The Diabetes Health Fair runs until 1:00pm with Dr. Lin’s presentation taking place from 9:00am-10:00am.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet local diabetes health professionals, learn the signs and risks of diabetes, and most importantly, how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.