FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswickers are encouraged to observe World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14.

“Many people live with Type 2 diabetes for a long time without being aware of their condition,” said Health Minister Victor Boudreau. “Adopting healthier lifestyles can reduce the risk of getting this disease by up to 70 per cent, so I encourage New Brunswickers to take action.”

Steps to reduce the risk of developing diabetes or its complications include:

  • maintaining a healthy weight;
  • eating a healthy diet;
  • exercising regularly; and
  • maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels.

For World Diabetes Day and throughout November, the Canadian Diabetes Association organizes activities and events to highlight the need to increase awareness.

The association also organizes a 21 Day Challenge which encourages people to take on a new healthy habit for 21 days in a row. More information on the challenge is available online.

“We need to talk much more about diabetes and share information about its risk factors and strategies for prevention,” said Russell Williams, vice-president, government relations and public policy at the Canadian Diabetes Association.

“Working across all levels of government, health care and education is the only meaningful way to combat this disease,” said Jake Reid, director of government relations and advocacy for the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Diabetes camps are offered in the province and allow clinical staff to work more closely with clients. Week-long camps provide the highest level of diabetes education and management to campers.

The Canadian Diabetes risk questionnaire is available online for those who are interested to test their risk for Type 2 diabetes.

Those interested may join the dialogue on social media by following @NBHealth and @diabetesassoc and using the hashtag #diabetes and #WDD.