Diabetes: For health professionals

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Diabetes information, tools and resources available for physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care providers:

Medical devices and their licensing and monitoring in Canada, and information on drug and device safety and side effects:


Insulin was discovered in Canada in 1921 by Frederick G. Banting. Since then, the Government of Canada has collaborated with many partners and made investments in health research to:

  • better tailor care and improve outcomes for patients
  • improve the understanding of diabetes, its causes and impacts
  • advance the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of all forms of diabetes

Advancing research on diabetes, including its prevention, management, treatment or finding a cure, requires interdisciplinary approaches and collaboration between:

  • scientists
  • researchers
  • community groups
  • health professionals
  • the health product industry
  • individuals with lived experience

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The surveillance of diabetes at the national level is well established through the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System, a collaborative network of provincial and territorial surveillance systems.

The system collects data on all residents who are eligible for provincial or territorial health insurance. It generates national estimates and trends over time for over 20 chronic diseases and conditions, including diabetes.

This work includes analysis and reporting on the number of people living in Canada who are:

  • newly diagnosed with diabetes (incidence)
  • living with diagnosed diabetes (prevalence)

The Government of Canada is working with the provinces, territories and other partners to:

  • collect national data on diabetes
  • explore ways to improve diabetes data collection and sharing across Canada

Better data will help us better understand how diabetes is affecting people living in Canada.

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