What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body either cannot make insulin or cannot properly use the insulin it makes. This leads to high levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Having high blood sugars for a long time can damage organs, blood vessels and nerves. The body needs insulin to use glucose as an energy source. (www.diabetes.ca).
There are four types of diabetes:
• Type 1 (body does not make any insulin)
• Type 2 (body does not make enough insulin or doesn’t use it well enough)
• Gestational (body does not make enough insulin during pregnancy)
• Pre-diabetes (blood sugars are higher than normal but not high enough to be diabetes)
More than 9 million Canadians live with diabetes or prediabetes. Many don’t even know they have it. Chances are diabetes affects you or someone you know. No matter what type of diabetes you have, the Educators in the Diabetes Education Centre will help you make good choices as you manage your diabetes and prevent or delay complications.
How can the Diabetes Education Centre help you?
The Diabetes Education Centre is for adults with diabetes or pre-diabetes. We are here to help you make the best decisions for managing your diabetes.
Our Nurses and Dietitians are experts in diabetes and provide:
Your visit can be in English or:
Classes are offered each month on many topics and languages. A six week series, Craving Change, is offered to help you feel more in control of your eating.
Is there any cost?
Your visits and parking are free.
What can you expect to learn at the Diabetes Education Centre?
Some of the topics the nurse and dietitian will talk with you about are:
How to book an appointment at the Diabetes Education Centre?
When you come to your appointment, please bring your:
Diabetes Education Centre Hours
Monday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday – Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday (one a month) 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Diabetes Education Centre is located one block west of Bathurst on Major Mackenzie Drive.
955 Major Mackenzie Drive
Suite 340, Vaughan, ON, L6A 4P9
905-832-8070 ext. 2238