Protecting patients in research: BCDiabetes receives prestigious accreditation for its research program


  In December, our research team at BCDiabetes received the welcome news that our Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), established in 2017, has been accredited by the Association of Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). Receiving accreditation of our HRPP is a milestone for our research team, strengthening the connection of our research work […]


Patient advocacy works! CRA reverses policy on Disability Tax Credit for Type 1 diabetes

Announcements,Living With Diabetes,News & Media

On Oct 12 BCDiabetes blogged on the CRA Disability Tax Credit as it applied to Type 1 diabetes and how the CRA had moved the goalposts: see Type 1 Diabetes sucks but dont ask the CRA for sympathy. Good news – the CRA has reversed its policy: so it is back to the old rules […]


Mission not impossible – weight loss reverses Type 2 diabetes

Announcements,News & Media,Research

A Scottish study published today in the prestigious medical journal the Lancet showed that weight loss averaging 10 kg achieved with a total diet replacement using a 853 kcal/day packaged powder formula for 3–5 months resulted in “remission” of Type 2 diabetes in almost 50% of participants at 12 months.  Patients considered in remission had […]


Having Type 1 Diabetes sucks but don’t ask the CRA for sympathy

Announcements,Living With Diabetes,News & Media,Uncategorized

No one will argue with the statement that having Type 1 diabetes sucks.  If you do a perfect job testing your sugars, adjusting your insulin and following a diet and exercise plan you will be spending a great deal of time, energy and money.   Until recently the Canada Revenue Agency was sympathetic & offered […]


Living Long & Well with Diabetes

Living With Diabetes

Expectations of longevity change when people are diagnosed with diabetes. This concern is driven by misleading historical statistics suggesting Type 2 diabetes may reduce life expectancy by 5 to 10 years, and Type 1 diabetes by 20 years. The truth is that individuals with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes under good glucose, blood-pressure, and […]


Compassionate Diabetes Care

Living With Diabetes,Research

At BCDiabetes we are aware that the challenges for individuals living with diabetes are many – that it’s not as simple as eating less, exercising more, testing your blood and taking medication.  Recent research at BCDiabetes has shown that at the time of referral to a diabetes specialist patients exhibit a high level of distress […]


Complete communities today for healthy people tomorrow


When I tell people here at BCDiabetes that I studied urban planning, I’ll often be asked: how does urban planning impact health, especially for people living with diabetes? Historically, as professions, public health and urban planning used to be very closely aligned — back when there was a great deal of concern with communicable diseases, […]


95 Years of Insulin & Embracing the Tech Era

Announcements,Living With Diabetes,News & Media,Research,Technology

Today marks the 95th anniversary of the first use of the word insulin by its Canadian discovers Dr. Frederick Banting and medical student Charles Best.  Four months earlier they had saved the life of 14 year old Leonard Thompson by injecting him with a pancreatic extract (containing insulin) taken from a dog.  A year later Banting […]


Anti-ageing protein injection

Announcements,News & Media,Research,Technology

No, this is not an advertisement for a skin or beauty product. A study published last week in Cell demonstrated that injections of a special fOXO4 peptide rejuvenated old mice – it restored their stamina, thickened their fur coat and improved kidney function.  Human studies are being planned.  This is intriguing stuff and may be […]


The Feast and Famine diet, a cure for diabetes?

Announcements,Food & Nutrition,Living With Diabetes,News & Media,Research,Uncategorized

  Yesterday, (2017-02-23) a study of diabetic mice was published in the journal “Cell” showing that a special “fasting mimicking diet” (FMD) for 4 days every month caused regeneration of pancreatic insulin-secreting beta cells.  As such, in mice at least, this diet has the potential to reverse both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. No […]

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