Alberta Health Services, Blue Cross plan tap Yes Health to pilot virtual diabetes prevention program
August 29, 2022
Tackling rising rates of diabetes is not only a priority in the U.S. In Canada, data show a continued rising trend of diabetes rates with no signs of leveling or decreasing.
Currently, 11.7 million Canadians live with diabetes or prediabetes. In Alberta, more than one-quarter of the population lives with some form of the disease. Approximately 667,000 people in Alberta live with prediabetes—which places individuals at a much higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes because of having higher than normal blood glucose levels. The province had the largest increase in diabetes prevalence in Canada over the last 10 years, and the rate of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes is expected to rise another 44% over the next decade, according to the Alberta Health Services (AHS).