By Sarah Klein
New data from the Canadian Diabetes Association predicts a rapid increase in the number of Manitobans to be diagnosed with diabetes.
The findings come from the association’s Manitoba Diabetes Cost Model, forecasting a 48 percent increase in diabetes across the province.
The CDA says Manitoba has the highest rate of diabetes in the Prairies and without action, the rate could rise drastically over the next 10 years.
Manitobans living with diabetes also face the highest level of out-of-pocket expenditure in the country outside of the Atlantic provinces, averaging over $2,500 per year.
“The fact that 1 in 4 Manitobans will be living either with diabetes or prediabetes by 2020 represents a significant threat to the future prosperity of the province,” said CDA president Michael Cloutier.