New Brunswick’s first Comprehensive Diabetes Strategy outlines a clear, deliberate road map for the next 4 years to address the growing challenge of diabetes.
An aging population and a dramatic rise in obesity place New Brunswickers at increased risk of developing diabetes. About 5,000 new cases of diabetes are diagnosed annually in New Brunswick.
A diagnosis of diabetes dramatically impacts the patient and their family. This management is a significant lifelong cost burden for those who are living with diabetes. Diabetes and the complications resulting from diabetes are responsible for significant costs within the health care system.
There is clear evidence that more attention to prevention as well as to improved support and care offered to people earlier in the management of diabetes will significantly lessen the burden of disease. This includes improved detection as well as providing better patient education, access to affordable medications, supplies and devices, and ongoing monitoring for the management of diabetes.