November 13, 2008

Bathed in Blue for Diabetes

Manitoba Celebrates World Diabetes Day on November 14

On Friday, November 14, the Manitoba Legislature, the Golden Boy and the Forks Market Tower will be lit blue in recognition of World Diabetes Day (WDD). The blue lighting represents the World Diabetes Day logo, which is a blue circle signifying the unity of the global diabetes community.

The goal of the annual WDD campaign is to raise awareness of issues that affect the diabetes community worldwide. This year’s theme focuses on diabetes in children and adolescents. Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood, with Type 1 diabetes growing by 3% per year in children and adolescents, and an alarming 5% in preschoolers.  

In Manitoba, recent statistics show more than 76,000 people, or close to 10% of the Manitoba population, are known to be living with diabetes. Another 23,000 people are believed to have undiagnosed diabetes. Diabetes is especially prevalent among First Nations people, with the risk of Type 2 diabetes being three to five times higher than the general population.

There are many complications from diabetes, including heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, amputation and blindness. By 2010, the direct cost of treating diabetes in Manitoba is estimated to be nearly $250 million. Nationally, the estimated direct and indirect cost of treating diabetes is more than $17.5 billion a year, that that cost is expect to rise 43% by 2010 and 75% by 2016.

For more information about diabetes, please click here.

Photos of the Legislature and the Forks Tower, lit in blue, will be posted at

World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 in response to the alarming rise in diabetes. Worldwide, more than 250 million people live with diabetes.

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