November is Diabetes awareness month and Diabetes Canada are helping to spread the word, starting with the most relevant facts.
“Diabetes is a silent epidemic in Canada with 11 million people living with diabetes or prediabetes,” says Rick Blickstead, President and CEO.
It’s estimated 1.5million people in Canada are unaware that they have the condition, likely because people with type 2 diabetes often have no symptoms. Type 1 is a total lack of insulin; Type 2 is the body’s inability to use insulin effectively.
- A parent, brother, or sister with diabetes;
- Being a member of a high-risk group (Aboriginal, Hispanic, South Asian, Asian, or African descent);
- Health complications that are associated with diabetes;
- Having given birth to a baby that weighed more than four kilograms (nine pounds) at birth or having had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy);
- Having been diagnosed with prediabetes (impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose);
- High blood pressure;
- High cholesterol or other fats in the blood;
- Being overweight, especially if that weight is mostly carried around the tummy;
- Polycystic ovary syndrome;
- Acanthosis nigricans (darkened patches of skin);
- Psychiatric disorders: schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder;
- Obstructive sleep apnea;
- Glucocorticoid medication by a doctor.
You can find out your specific level of risk using this simple online quiz.
Diagnosed with diabetes? You can still get life insurance.
A diagnosis will likely mean changing the way you eat, and adding regular exercise into your routine to lower your glucose levels and keep your weight in check. It may require regular monitoring of your glucose levels and taking prescription medication. You doctor will encourage you to manage your lifestyle by reducing stress levels and keeping your blood pressure in check.
If you are living with Type 1 or Type 2, there are options available even if you have been declined life insurance by another insurer. For instance, No Medical Life Insurance may be a good possibility for you.
To find out which plan and coverage would be the right fit for you, contact an advisor that specializes in Life insurance for Diabetics.