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Facts about diabetes
  • The direct cost of diabetes in British Columbia is $546 million annually and is expected to rise to $717 million by 2031.
  • Approximately 497,000 British Columbians, 9.8% of the population in B.C., have diabetes.
  • Diabetes can reduce a person’s lifespan by five to 15 years.
  • It is estimated that at least one in every 10 deaths in Canadian adults was attributable to diabetes in 2008-09.
  • People with diabetes are more than three times as likely to be hospitalized with cardiovascular disease.
  • They are 12 times more likely to be hospitalized with end-stage renal disease and almost 20 times more likely to be hospitalized for a non-traumatic lower limb amputation compared to the general population.
  • Diabetes contributes to 30% of strokes, 40% of heart attacks, 50% of kidney failure requiring dialysis and 70% of non-traumatic lower limb amputations every year.
  • The risk of blindness in people with diabetes is as much as 25 times higher than those without diabetes.