Type 2 Diabetes
Things You Should Know
If you have type 2 diabetes, the information in this CONTENTS
booklet will help you to better understand diabetes What is type 2
and to live a long and healthy life.
How do I manage
You will find information about: • Healthy eating
• Keeping active
• How to live well with your diabetes • Looking after
• How to avoid or delay complications your feet
• Taking your
• Your diabetes medication medication
• Blood glucose testing
• Important lifestyle changes I know about
• Low blood glucose
This booklet does not replace visits with your • High blood glucose
• Managing your
doctor and the rest of your healthcare team. blood glucose when
Your healthcare team will work with you to develop a you’re sick
treatment plan that meets your needs. Don’t forget
to turn to Be prepared
If you experience severe low blood glucose, you will need help.Talk to your
doctor or diabetes educator about prevention and emergency treatment, and
tell your family, friends and co-workers how they can help.
works to prevent
diabetes and improve Always wear your MedicAlert® identification.
the quality of life
for those affected, Report your diabetes to the motor vehicle licensing office
through research, In most provinces and territories a licensed driver who has diabetes must report
education, service their condition immediately to the motor vehicle licensing office.
Be aware of the changes to your insurance
Canadians can turn People with diabetes, may find it more difficult to obtain or renew insurance of
to the Canadian all types: vehicle, mortgage, life and travel.
for answers and The Canadian Diabetes Association offers its members the opportunity to
help in accessing purchase both travel insurance, which covers all diabetes-related emergency
diabetes resources expenses, and credit life insurance.
across the country.
Be aware of your workplace rights
Operating through There is no evidence that people who have diabetes are a greater safety risk at
more than 150 work than people who do not have diabetes.You should not need more time
locations, the away from work due to illness than other employees. If you think that you are
Canadian Diabetes not being treated fairly in your workplace, contact your local Canadian Diabetes
Association’s strong Association branch.
network of assistance
includes volunteers, Talk to us about:
employees, health- • Becoming a member, volunteering or making a donation
care professionals • Access to travel and Credit Life Insurance for people with diabetes
and partners. • Joining a local support group
• Obtaining the most up-to-date information on diabetes
Canadian Diabetes Association National Office:
15 Toronto Street, Suite 800,Toronto, ON M5C 2E3
Phone: (416) 363-3373 Fax: (416) 363-7465
1-800-BANTING (226-8464) www.diabetes.ca Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Presence of the Aventis logo does not constitute an endorsement
of the products or services of Aventis. Aventis Pharma is proud
to support diabetes research, education, service and advocacy in
Canada through the Canadian Diabetes Association.
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