The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in Canada is expected to double between 2000 and 2010, from 1.3 million to about 2.5 million. More than 20 people are diagnosed with the disease every hour of every day. While the number of diagnosed Canadians is large, it is estimated that an additional 700,000 have the disease but don't know it. From 2010 to 2020, another 1.2 million people are expected to be diagnosed with diabetes, bringing the total to about 3.7 million. These increases escalate the share of the total population with diabetes from 4.2% in 2000 to 7.3% in 2010 to 9.9% in 2020. Rising obesity rates, sedentary lifestyles, an aging population, and changes in the ethnic mix of new immigrants have and will continue to drive these increases.

Further information in the newly released report by the Canadian Diabetes Association "An Economic Tsunami: the cost of diabetes in Canada.

May 5, 2010

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