Ed­i­tor’s note

Diabetes Care Guide (English) - - CONTENTS - Tracy Cooper, Ed­i­tor

The news it­self is sober­ing – and you’re likely fac­ing mak­ing per­ma­nent life­style changes, too. That’s not easy. But you’re not alone. Out of about two mil­lion Cana­di­ans with di­a­betes, nine out of 10 have Type 2.

Most peo­ple could eat bet­ter and move more for good health. You now have a pow­er­ful mo­ti­va­tor to ac­tu­ally do it. You don’t have to work out and eat like an elite ath­lete. In this is­sue, learn about a re­cent study show­ing the big im­pact of sim­ply sit­ting less, with stints of light walk­ing.

I’m feel­ing in­spired. I’m older than

40, the age af­ter which the ma­jor­ity of Type 2 cases are di­ag­nosed. I’ve car­ried around ex­cess weight since the birth of my first daugh­ter – 11 years ago! I’ve lost and gained the same five pounds about that many times since. And I now gain weight around my mid­dle, which is prob­lem­atic. Can’t I walk our dar­ling Labrador daily? Surely I can be mind­ful of the foods and amounts I eat for longer than two weeks at a time? I’ve said it on pa­per now, so here goes! (Gulp.)

Type 2 di­a­betes is man­age­able – and you have a lot of con­trol over its sever­ity. There are spe­cial­ized pro­fes­sion­als in your cor­ner – in­clud­ing di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tors – and ma­te­ri­als on­line and in print, such as this mag­a­zine.

‘Sci­en­tia po­ten­tia est’ – knowl­edge is power. You can learn how to help keep your glu­cose lev­els within a healthy range, how much to ex­er­cise, how to eat well – and how to have a nor­mal life!

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