Insulin pumps for all intensive insulin users

Announcements, Living With Diabetes, News & Media, Technology

Kudos to the BC NDP government for extending insulin pump coverage to every British Columbian living with diabetes requiring intensive insulin therapy (effectively all those with Type 1 diabetes and those with Type 2 diabetes taking two different kinds of insulin).  On Tuesday the Minister of Health, Adrian Dix (who has Type 1 diabetes himself […]


TACT2 Chelation Therapy happening at BCDiabetes

Announcements, Events, News & Media

BCDiabetes Medical Director, Dr. Tom Elliott, will be on CKNW radio! Dr. Tom Elliott will speak on John Daly’s radio show Back on the Beat on Saturday, June 9, 11am about the new “Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy”. BCDiabetes is one of the few sites in Canada that will be conducting the trial and we […]


Dr. Elliott speaks with John Daly about SGLT2 inhibitors, diabetes care in British Columbia

News & Media

BCDiabetes Medical Director Dr. Tom Elliott speaks with John Daly’s CKNW radio show Back on the Beat on Saturday, March 17, 11am about SGLT2 inhibitors and the current state of diabetes care for British Columbians. Learn more about our work: SGLT2 inhibitors coverage: How BC is a third-world country when it comes to covering life-saving medication for […]


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

Announcements, Research

  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, […]

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