Prevention & Recovery

Your ultimate guide to understanding diabetes

Author: Canadian Living

Prevention & Recovery

Your ultimate guide to understanding diabetes

According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, there are over 9 million Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes. Diabetes is a chronic disease that is caused by the body's inability to produce insulin, or the body's resistance to insulin.

There are three main types of diabetes:
Type 1, where the body creates little or no insulin.
Type 2, where the body can create insulin, but is unable to use it.
Gestational diabetes occurs when the body is unable to produce insulin during pregnancy. Though usually a temporary condition, it increases the risk of the mother and child developing diabetes.

We've compiled some great diabetes information. Discover the symptoms, causes and treatment for diabetes, find great, up-to-date information on living with diabetes, and click through our top Tested-Till-Perfect diabetes-friendly recipes.

Living with diabetes:
Everything you need to know about diabetes prevention and treatment
Diabetes-friendly entertaining
Free Download Canadian Living - Living With Diabetes Booklet
The GI diet made easy
Diabetes and natural medicine

From the Test Kitchen - Diabetic-friendly dinner recipes:
Broiled Cumin Chicken with Zucchini and Carrot Salad
Grilled Mustard Pork Chops with Mango Avocado Salsa
Grilled Turkey Scaloppine with Coriander Pesto
Steamed Lemon Salmon and Asparagus
Broiled Tilapia with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Lettuce-Wrapped Beef and Pepper Fajitas
Grilled Vegetable and Tofu Salad

Delicious low-GI recipes:
Warm Broccoli Salad
Best-Ever Whole Grain Pancakes
Double-Coffee Meringue Kisses

Learn more:
The Canadian Diabetes Association
What is Diabetes - Public Health Agency of Canada
Dietitians of Canada - Nurtrition, Healthy Eating and Diabetes
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada
Children with Diabetes Online Community

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Prevention & Recovery

Your ultimate guide to understanding diabetes