As World Diabetes Day approaches, The Scarborough Hospital is offering a free workshop on diabetes prevention and management on November 13.
According to a 2013 report released by the Auditor General of Canada, an estimated 2.4 million Canadians suffer from diabetes. In Ontario alone, it’s estimated the number of people with diabetes will reach 1.9 million by 2020.
“Because of the slow, often symptomless progression of diabetes, many people do not realize they have developed the disease until a routine blood test detects abnormal blood sugars or it’s discovered during a health crisis,” said Angela Walker-Sterling, Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist at The Scarborough Hospital, who will be conducting the workshop.
The one-hour workshop will discuss the warning signs of diabetes, what it means to ‘manage’ diabetes, and how people living with diabetes can access important health and social services resources.
“Our goal is to connect people with services that are available close to home, bring awareness to the symptoms of diabetes, promote early diagnosis and help people make self-directed behavioural changes that can improve their health,” adds Angela.
The workshop is being held at The Scarborough Hospital’s Global Community Resource Centre at the General campus, 3050 Lawrence Avenue East. The Centre is a ‘one-stop’ interactive location for multilingual health and community information. Every Wednesday, the Global Community Resource Centre hosts a workshop on variety of topics delivered by hospital staff and Scarborough community partners.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
The Scarborough Hospital General campus, 3050 Lawrence Avenue East
Global Community Resource Centre, Tower Lobby Entrance
WHO: Angela Walker-Sterling
Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist, The Scarborough Hospital
World Diabetes Day was introduced by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1991 in response to concerns over the escalating incidence of diabetes around the world. It is celebrated on November 14 each year to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.