TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Canada’s escalating diabetes rate shows no signs of abating. A GfK Roper Diabetes Canada 2014 Patient Study found over 2.7 million adult Canadians are battling the condition, with Atlantic Canadians and Quebecers reporting the highest regional rates.
Obesity remains a central issue, with 50% of Type 2 diabetes patients in Canada being classified as obese, and another one-third (34%) considered overweight. Many diabetes patients must also cope with additional health conditions, such as hypertension, cholesterol problems, neuropathy, arthritis, and, among men, erectile dysfunction.
Other factors that align with diagnosed diabetes are age and socio-economic status, according to the study.
Although men and women over 65 make up 19% of Canada’s adult population, based on the latest Canadian Census, they account for the majority (57%) of the total number of diabetes patients, with 1 in 4 coping with the disease. People 45 to 64 represent 37% of diabetes cases in Canada. Diabetes patients also come from lower income households, with a median income of $31,000 -- less than half the national level
“What we are continuing to learn, after 20-plus years of conducting this study in Canada, is that while new and promising therapies continue to come on line, diabetes management remains challenging, with one third of patients perceiving their diabetes to be less than well controlled,” says Mary McBride, Vice President, GfK Roper Diabetes. “Once diagnosed, the burden of managing the disease is exacerbated by the complexity of treatments, the need for regular blood sugar testing, and dealing with related medical conditions that arise.”
The report also sheds light on regional differences in diabetes prevalence; almost 1 in 10 (9.8%) Atlantic Canadians have diabetes, while 8.5% of Quebecers have the disease. This compares to 7.2% of Ontarians and an average prevalence of 7.3% among adults living in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. The incidence rates among the provinces have remained relatively unchanged since 2006.
Other findings in the report include:
- One in five newly diagnosed Type 2 patients denies his or her diagnosis and admits to having “just a little bit of a sugar problem”
- Most Type 2 patients in Canada are being treated under the guidance of a family doctor, with only a minority seeing a diabetes educator annually
- While pharmacists remain a key source for diabetes information, patients are also starting to turn to the Internet to learn more about managing their disease
About the GfK Roper Diabetes Canada 2014 Patient Study
GfK’s 2014 Canada Roper Diabetes Patient Study was conducted March 27 – April 30, 2014, among 1,229 diagnosed adult Canadian diabetes patients. Respondents completed a detailed questionnaire covering demographics, diabetes treatment, blood glucose testing, diabetes self-management behaviors and diabetes information sources. Interviews were conducted via mail, using a nationally representative panel of approximately 236,000 households in Canada (10 provinces, excluding the territories) screened for diabetes during Fall 2013. From the initial Fall screening, a balanced sample of 44,309 households was developed. A screener was then mailed to a randomly selected sample frame of 6,500 diabetes households in January 2014.
Data are weighted by age within gender, therapy, length of time since diagnosis, and region. Results are projected to a Canadian population of 2,721,562 diagnosed diabetes patients. The population estimate involves extrapolation of diagnosed diabetes prevalence estimates from Statistics Canada.
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