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November marks National Diabetes Awareness Month

In British Columbia, diabetes or prediabetes affects 31% of the population.
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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, an important time of year for Canadians living with diabetes and their loved ones. This invisible condition affects 1 in 3 Canadians and approximately 1 in 2 young adults will develop diabetes in their lifetime. In British Columbia, diabetes or prediabetes affects 31% of the population.

Better access to diabetes care is needed… and it starts with awareness, education and understanding. Due to the unpredictable realities of this condition, it is critical for people living with diabetes (and their families) to have access to technology that can help them monitor their glucose levels proactively and efficiently.

Devices such as continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) take the guesswork out of glucose management, reduce the risk of complications and emergencies, and improve overall quality of life.

Since 2021, BC Pharmacare has provided coverage for specific CGMs for people with diabetes who take multiple daily injections of insulin and meet eligibility criteria. This was an incredible step forward but barriers can still be removed for more to benefit.

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