Community care for diabetes in Abbotsford
Drs. Adriaan Windt and Karim Khan are leading a study using our Mobile Reserach Lab to learn more about effective ways to treat type 2 diabetes. Their study took them to Abbotsford to investigate a group of older adults with type 2 diabetes who are not using insulin.
The purpose of the study is to separate a control group of participants who have one-on-one visits with their doctors for diabetes and another that will attend group appointments in addition to their regular care.
Chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes touch us all. 16 percent of all Canadians have a long-term limitation that interferes with their activity at home, school, or work.” (Statistics Canada) Chronic illnesses hurt our economy with over 54 billion dollars lost annually in productivity. Cancer, COPD, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes cause over 153,000 deaths in Canada annually.(ibid)
Yet chronic diseases are preventable.
Countless evidence testifies to the health benefits of being active. Physical activity can
· Reduce mortality and the risk of recurrent breast cancer by ~50%
· Lower the risk of colon cancer by over 60%
· Reduce the risk of developing of Alzheimer’s disease by ~40%
· Reduce the incidence of heart disease and high blood pressure by ~40%
· Lower the risk of stroke by 27%
· Lower the risk of developing type II diabetes by 58%
· Be twice as effective in treating type II diabetes than the standard insulin prescription
· Decrease depression as effectively as Prozac or behavioral therapy. (exerciseismedicine.org)
While CHHM's team was conducting their research, their work was covered by the Abbotsford News.