Diabetes

More than 3 million Canadians suffer with Diabetes

Diabetes is a leading cause of death by disease. It touches millions in one way or another, whether it's those suffering with the disease, or their friends and family members.

Type I diabetes is one of the most common diseases of childhood. By the end of the decade, over 3 million Canadians will live with diabetes. This is increasing by 3 to 5 % annually. The greatest rise is in children 5 to 9 years of age. Canada has the 6th highest incidence rate of type l diabetes in children 14 years of age or younger in the world. Globally, diabetes is the fourth leading cause of death by disease.

Diabetes is a serious disease that impairs the body and can result in a variety of complications.

On the forefront in the fight against diabetes, JDRF drives many of the medical breakthroughs in the research to find a cure to help end the devastating effects of Juvenile Diabetes that strikes children and their families.

Please support us in helping fund Canada’s most renowned scientists and clinicians in the quest to win the battle against Diabetes.


Cancer

Cancer research in Canada and around the world continues to move us closer to the day when most cancers will be curable and others will be managed as chronic diseases like diabetes and asthma. Today, more than 60% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least 5 years after their diagnosis. This is a great improvement over the 1940s when the 5-year survival was about 25%. As our knowledge grows, we will make even greater progress against cancer.


Brain & Mental Wellness

Dementia
A chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning.
It is a general overall term that refers to a set of symptoms caused by a variety of brain disorders affecting the brain.  Physical changes in the brain cause dementia.
Alzheimer's Disease is the most common form of dementia. It is irreversible and destroys brain cells, causing thinking ability and memory to deteriorate.  It is not a normal part of aging.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness characterized by pervasive instability in moods, interpersonal relationships, self-image, and behavior.  It usually begins during adolescence or early adulthood.  This instability often disrupts family and work life, long-term planning, and the individual's sense of self-identity.  Originally thought to be at the "borderline" of psychosis, people with BPD suffer from a disorder of emotion regulation.
While less well known than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness), BPD is more common, affecting 2 percent of adults, mostly young women.
There is a high rate of self-injury without suicide intent, as well as a significant rate of suicide attempts and completed suicide in severe cases.
Patients often need extensive mental health services, and account for 20 percent of psychiatric hospitalizations.  Yet, with help, many improve over time and are eventually able to lead productive lives.
Most people who have BPD suffer from:

  • Problems regulating their emotions and thoughts
  • Impulsive and sometimes reckless behavior
  • Unstable relationships

Incidence

  • BPD affects 5.9% of adults at some time in their life
  • BPD affects 50% more people than Alzheimer’s disease and nearly as many as schizophrenia and bipolar combined (2.25%)
  • BPD affects 20% of patients admitted to psychiatric hospitals

BPD affects 10% of people in outpatient mental health treatment

 

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