JDRF Canada Responds to Chapter 5 of the 2013 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada: Promoting Diabetes Prevention and Control
TORONTO (May 2, 2013) – JDRF Canada welcomes the recommendations brought forward in Chapter 5 of the 2013 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada: Promoting Diabetes Prevention and Control. This report can alternatively help change the face of diabetes in Canada.
“We commend the Auditor General of Canada for recognizing the importance of diabetes prevention and control,” said Andrew McKee, President and CEO, JDRF Canada. “JDRF looks forward to working with the Government of Canada and other diabetes stakeholders to implement these recommendations to meet the needs of individuals impacted by this disease.”
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) 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.
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 all people 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 (1974 in Canada), JDRF has awarded more than $1.7 billion (U.S.) 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 jdrf.ca.
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