Increased Support for Insulin Pump Coverage for Albertans Becomes a Campaign Promise
Toronto (April 27, 2012) – With the 2012 provincial election results in, Albertans gave Premier Alison Redford and the Progressive Conservative Party another mandate; to continue to serve the people of Alberta. During the election campaign, the Progressive Conservative Party proclaimed their support for an Insulin Pump Program for Albertans living with type 1 diabetes if re-elected. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle.
Insulin pump technology provides precise insulin delivery continuously day and night, helping individuals maintain glucose levels between meals, during exercise and overnight.
Studies have shown that people living with type 1 diabetes who use insulin pump therapy experience fewer complications and live longer, healthier lives. In fact, a better managed blood glucose regimen has been proven to reduce the number of heart, kidney and eye-related diabetes complications. By investing in insulin pump therapy in the short-term, we can take steps to lessen or prevent complications from
developing later in life, which can result in savings for health care systems in the long-term.
“We applaud Premier Alison Redford and her government for recognizing the importance of insulin pump coverage for all Albertans,” said Andrew McKee, President and CEO, JDRF Canada. “JDRF looks forward to working with this government to see this positive step put into action for all Albertans living with type 1 diabetes. JDRF Alberta has been actively working on securing Insulin Pump Coverage for all Albertans for the past three years. It has been our longstanding goal to bring Alberta's diabetes support system in-line with coverage offered by most other provinces and territories in Canada, ensuring that individuals living with type 1 diabetes in Alberta have every opportunity to minimize the long-term complications of this chronic disease,” says McKee.
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of every person affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.
Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research. Past JDRF efforts have helped to significantly advance the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered.
For more information, please visit www.jdrf.ca.
For More Information:
Barbara J. Armstrong
Regional Manager, North Central Alberta and Northwest Territories
Manager of Fundraising and Development