Increased Support for Type 1 Diabetes Becomes Top of Mind in Provincial Election

Edmonton (April 18, 2012) – With the Alberta 2012 Provincial Election underway, various Political Parties in the upcoming election are creating awareness around type 1 diabetes (T1D), its complications and the management of the disease.

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.

Affecting over 300,000 Canadians,T1D can occur at any age, leaving children and adults dependent on injected or pumped insulin for life. The number of people living with T1D is increasing by three to five percent annually - the greatest rise being in children aged five to nine years.

“Regardless of the election results, we are pleased to see that most parties have recognized the urgency of addressing T1D and its complications for all Albertans,” said Barbara J. Armstrong, Regional Manager, North Central Alberta and Northwest Territories.

Studies have shown that people living with T1D 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 liver-related diabetes complications. By investing in diabetes management such as 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 look forward to working with the next government to see this positive step put into action. 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 T1D in Alberta have every opportunity to minimize the long-term complications of this chronic disease,” says Armstrong.


About JDRF
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
barmstrong@jdrf.ca
780.428.0343 or 1.855.428.0343

Beth Thompson
Manager of Fundraising and Development
bthompson@jdrf.ca
403.255.7100

Lets turn type one into type none