Sunday, 13 November 2011

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

November marks Diabetes awareness month.  More than 9 million Canadians live with diabetes or prediabetes and those numbers are expected to grow. Of those affected about 900,000 are living with Type 1 diabetes, many of them children, like my son.

Last year I gave this Breakthrough book to several family members as gifts knowing money from the sale was supporting the cause. You might think that a story whose ending is known would not be that great of a read. But this is an engaging story that has you holding your breath to see if insulin will be developed in time to save the profiled child in the story. It is also is a fascinating look into the myriad of factors and forces that needed to come together to make this miracle possible. So a good read even if you do not know someone affected by Diabetes.

But with numbers that high for the incidence of the disease there cannot be many people who do not know someone affected by the disease.

Tomorrow is World Diabetes Day, marking 90 years since the discovery of insulin- a substance for which I give thanks every day.

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