Today, more than 9 million Canadians live with diabetes or pre-diabetes. By 2020, almost 10 % of Canadians will have this often preventable disease –
90% of people who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 2, which can often be prevented or delayed through increased physical activity, healthy eating and weight loss.
We are committed to preventing diabetes in the communities we serve and providing support to people living with the disease.
We offer a full range of diabetes education and support services, including:
- day and evening group education about diabetes (topics include healthy diet, healthy weight, label reading, heart health, physical activity, self monitoring of blood glucose, potential complications, and medications with the Pharmacist)
- individual counseling
- insulin initiation
- pre-diabetes program
- grocery store tours (how to interpret food labels)
- self-management and support groups
- telephone support
All of our diabetes education and support services are free and self-referrals are welcome. To join a program call (613) 258-6133, extension 400, option 4.
For more information about our programs, call our Diabetes Nurse Educator, Heather Kamenz, at (613) 258-6133 extension 212 or our Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, Julia Hicks, at (613) 258-6133 extension 216.
For Physicians: find a referral form to the KDH Diabetes Clinic here.
We also host a regional Chiropody foot care program, offering regular chiropodist clinics for our patients with diabetes. This is especially important given that North Grenville patients have a high risk for diabetes-associated amputations compared to other areas in the province.
For healthcare providers including Diabetes Educators: find a referral form to the KDH Chiropody Clinic here.
Meet our Diabetes Team
Our multidisciplinary team includes Carly Lang, a diabetes nurse educator, Julia Hicks, a registered dietitian, the hospital’s pharmacist, Mary Whyte, and chiropodist Lena MacMillan.
Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes
Signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes include unusual thirst, frequent urination, weight change (gain or loss), extreme fatigue, blurred vision, cuts and bruises that are slow to heal, and tingling or numbness in the hands or feet. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should see your healthcare provider right away for a simple blood-sugar test. However, some people with type 2 diabetes don’t have symptoms. This is why it’s important to be tested. The Canadian Diabetes Association recommends screening for diabetes for everyone once they reach age 40 and every three years after that.