KDH expands education and support programs to combat diabetes epidemic

By EMC News – Feb 23, 2012

EMC News – With an emphasis on prevention, Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) has committed staff and resources to help tackle the global epidemic of diabetes: teams at both KDH and its satellite Rideau Valley Health Services (RVHS) in Barrhaven are offering a variety of programs to provide education and support to people living with diabetes and pre-diabetes.

Today, more than nine million Canadians live with diabetes or pre-diabetes. By 2020 almost 10 per cent of Canadians will have diabetes and the disease will cost Canada’s healthcare system a staggering $16.9 billion per year.

Approximately 10 per cent of people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes, a non-preventable disease of unknown cause, the remaining 90 per cent have Type 2 diabetes, a disease that can often be prevented or delayed through increased physical activity, healthy eating and weight loss. The number of Canadians with type 2 diabetes is increasing dramatically due to a number of factors, including our aging population, rising obesity rates, and increasingly sedentary lifestyles.

As many as one million Canadians are living with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes. If left untreated or improperly managed, diabetes can result in a variety of complications including heart disease, kidney disease, eye disease, impotence, and nerve damage.

Prevention and early diagnosis are key to managing this healthcare crisis. KDH and RVHS realize that it starts with education.

Kemptville District Hospital Diabetes Clinic

KDH provides diabetes services in the Kemptville area through a Diabetes Clinic run by a multidisciplinary team, which includes Heather Kamenz, a registered nurse, Julia Hicks, a registered dietitian, the hospital’s pharmacist, Mary Whyte, and chiropodist Melanie Atkinson. The goal of the clinic is to provide individuals with the tools they need to manage and treat their diabetes.  Read More