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Driftpile Diabetes News (newslette) - Vol1 No1


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Driftpile Diabetes News
BRAID Research, University of Alberta

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Driftpile Diabetes News (newslette) - Vol1 No1

  1. 1. “Cree Pride” program added to usual counseling: will it prevent diabetes risk better? Volume 1, Issue 1 Miwayan provides community members with information on the BRAID diabetes project and other health research going on in Driftpile First Nation. Editor/Publisher: BRAID Diabetes Research Group University of Alberta 8308 – 114 St., Suite 1055A Edmonton, AB T6G 2V2 Phone: (780) 407-8456 ~ in collaboration with ~ Driftpile First Nation and the Driftpile Diabetes Program, Maggie Willier Wellness Centre The younger generation is of vital importance to communities. Change is envisioned to benefit the 7th generation. The Driftpile Health Center has been looking at diabetes in Driftpile with the help of the BRAID project and the University of Alberta (Doctor Toth). It has been found that there is a lot of diabetes risk for the Community’s children. The Community also has higher than average diabetes rates. Diabetes can cause blindness, kidney failure needing dialysis, amputations and heart attacks. While diabetes can be “controlled”, it never goes away, and the costs of “control” are significant. There was no diabetes in Driftpile 50 years ago. Most people believe diabetes is caused by the changes in lifestyle that have accompanied colonization. While some families may be more affected than others, almost every family in Driftpile is affected by diabetes. Diabetes can be prevented. BRAID-Kids will test ways of preventing diabetes risk by working with children and families. BRAID-Kids will test a “usual” way of preventing diabetes consisting of counseling and advice from health professionals (nurses and dietitians) against a different strategy that includes consideration of how lifestyle and habits have been affected by colonization. This needs to be tested because the BRAID team believes that advice about exercise and eating habits is not enough. “Cree Pride” will address spiritual and emotional aspects to provide further balance. TRINA SCOTT BRAID-Kids Project Research Assistant BRAID-Kids is funded by the Lawson Foundation, an organization that is dedicated to supporting community-based programs for children and families in Canada. BRAID Diabetes and Obesity Results for Children and Adolescents in Driftpile n=102 children and adolescents (ages 5-17) screened by BRAID Boys Watch for BRAID-Kids and “Cree Pride” starting in Driftpile soon. For more information, contact Trina Scott at the Health Center (780) 355-3931, or cell phone (780) 805-9374. Girls Total BMI: Obese Overweight Normal Weight 55.6% 14.8% 29.6% 52.1% 12.5% 35.4% 53.9% 13.7% 32.4% Blood Sugars: Probable diabetes Pre-diabetes 0 32.0% 2.2% 13.3% 1.1% 23.2% pg. 1
  2. 2. CIRCLE Diabetes Study Finished Work in Driftpile Driftpile results will be analyzed with results from other First Nations CIRCLE stands for “Canadian First Nations Diabetes Clinical Management Evaluation Study”. It is a coast-to-coast study looking at how diabetes health services are being used in First Nations. CIRCLE is also looking at the rates of diabetes-related health complications in First Nations, such as kidney disease and amputations. Driftpile got involved with CIRCLE through BRAID, and two local research assistants were trained to do chart audits of 50 clients with diabetes. Many thanks to those who volunteered and consented to have their data in CIRCLE. CIRCLE researchers have finished getting the information they need from Driftpile. Now the researchers will analyze Driftpile’s information and compare it anonymously and confidentially with information from the other First Nations that are participating in CIRLCE. Dr. Ellen Toth is the CIRCLE researcher for Alberta. A presentation on the results of the CIRCLE Study will take place in Driftpile in December 2009. For more information, contact the Health Center. To read more about CIRCLE, and to see what other First Nations are involved in CIRCLE, go online to: DRIFTPILE Team Gives Presentation at Indigenous Peoples Forum At the 2nd International Diabetes in Indigenous Peoples Forum (Vancouver), representatives from Driftpile (Florence Willier, Paulette Campiou, Chief Rose Laboucan, Linda Giroux, Theresa Campiou and Brenda Laboucan) and Dr. Ellen Toth from the University of Alberta, gave a presentation on the Driftpile Diabetes Program. The presentation focused on the four directions, and the combination of Traditional and Western practices through the sharing of evidence-based information and healing therapies. Other Health News – Report says Fort Chipewyan cancer warrants further study The Edmonton Journal recently reported on the results of a provincial study released in February 2009 that showed the Fort Chipewyan community does have higher rates of biliary cancer than expected, and that this should be looked into further. This new report contradicts a previous study done in response to concerns from community members; that previous study concluded that cancer rates in Fort Chipewyan were about the same as the provincial average. Health officials say environmental factors cannot be ruled out, however there is insufficient evidence to launch a study looking at possible environmental risks. The report indicates there is a lack of epidemiological studies on cancer risk in communities located near oilfields. Read the Edmonton Journal article online @ +cancer+warrants+further+study+report/ 1261128/story.html Read the Fort Chip cancer report online @ 0202_fort_chipewyan_study.pdf Swan Hills Treatment Centre to Close? A recent article in the Edmonton Journal newspaper talked about how the costs of running the SHTC have doubled over the past 4 years, even though its business has gone down. Most of the cost increase over the past 4 years is money that will be spent on cleaning up the area when the SHTC eventually shuts down. This clean-up could cost as much as $71 million. An environmental report from 2008 said that groundwater, soil and pond sediment in some areas of the SHTC site may have been contaminated. The SHTC is the only facility in Canada that handles high-concentration PCBs. However, government regulations are outlawing most PCB use in 2012, and so SHTC will lose is main source of business and may close. Read the Edmonton Journal article online @ +burns+cash/1259309/story.html pg. 2