Sadly it’s way to close to home. Hi, it’s Kathy and in my world, it’s my father. And 12 of 14 children on my mother’s side. I have seen the devastating impact of diabetes. I have helped my aunt with her insulin shots. This was not by choice. She was in diabetic shock.
An astounding 422 million people around the world are diabetic. It’s four times greater than 25 years ago. In Manitoba, ten percent of our population is diabetic. Even more have the signs. “We have another 198-thousand people who have the symptoms but do not have the diagnosis,” says Andrea Kwasnicki of the Canadian Diabetes Association. “It’s an epidemic.”
Dale Alderson, 64, was diagnosed in 1994. “I was always thirsty. I mean really thirsty!” He exercised but not consistently. Now he walks and always watches what he eats. He is on insulin, taking a needle at night but finds if he walks 10-thousand steps-a-day he can avoid having to supplement during the day. “It’s an amazing app.”
Alderson is one of our guests on Winnipeg’s Morning News at 6:45 am Thursday.