The statistics are alarming, but it’s not too late to make a positive change.
Unusual thirst? Unexplained fatigue? Blurry vision?
You could be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes and not even know it.
These are just three of the many symptoms affecting people with pre-diabetes. Which, if left untreated, could lead to severe health issues such as type 2 diabetes and associated complications such as eye damage, foot problems, nerve damage, and heart and blood vessel disease.
In fact, the world health organization has called diabetes the epidemic of the 21st century with approximately 382 million people living with the condition in 2013. (Source: International Diabetes Federation, www.IDF.org)
In Asia, it’s rapidly becoming one of the most prevalent diseases with more than 200 million adults expected to develop the disease by 2030. (Source: International Diabetes Federation, www.IDF.org)
In North America, approximately 37 million people already have diabetes and 1/3 of those with type 2 diabetes don’t even know they have it. (Source: International Diabetes Federation, www.IDF.org)
These statistics are alarming but it’s not too late to make a positive change.
As part of Sun Life Financial’s commitment to being a sustainable company we’ve committed over $11 million to date to diabetes awareness, prevention, care and research to improve the health and wellness of our customers, employees and communities.
And there’s more hope because…
90% of all people with diabetes have type 2, which, in many cases, can be managed and/or prevented by doing simple things like…
- Making healthy dietary changes
- Increasing physical activity and losing weight
- And visiting a doctor to get screened
Our health is in our hands. Together we can reduce the risk of having to live with type 2 diabetes.