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Cost of inaction on glucose monitoring devices too great to ignore: Dinn
Dinn says making continuous glucose monitoring devices (CGMs) readily available to residents living with diabetes is one way government can take a pro-active approach to healthcare in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Friday, March 25, 2022

(March 25, 2022) – Paul Dinn, PC Official Opposition Shadow Minister for Health and Community Services and MHA for Topsail-Paradise, says making continuous glucose monitoring devices (CGMs) readily available to residents living with diabetes is one way government can take a pro-active approach to healthcare in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“The Health Accord has provided a path forward in the long term, but there are areas that can be addressed today. As noted in the Accord, a healthier population will place fewer demands on the health system and it is essential to engage with the people of the province and those with lived experience,” said Dinn.

“CGMs allow those living with diabetes direct access to health information that helps enhance quality of life, while allowing patients to make decisions to manage diabetes. We all hope for a day when diabetes is a thing of the past, but until that day it’s important for government to be there to support patients on their journey.”

The Canadian Diabetes Association says Newfoundland and Labrador has the highest rates of diabetes in the country, and about 35 per cent of population in Newfoundland and Labrador are living with diabetes or prediabetes.

“According to the Association, 30 per cent of strokes, 40 per cent of heart attacks, 50 per cent of kidney failure requiring dialysis, and 70 per cent of all non-traumatic leg and foot amputations are complications of poor diabetes management,” said Dinn.

“As well, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness. Ensuring better management of diabetes leads to healthier people, more active people and reduces strain on our health system.”

Dinn says government has not engaged with the issue and the Minister was dismissive in previous exchanges in the House of Assembly.

“One in three Canadians has diabetes or prediabetes, and there are many more in jeopardy of developing the disease,” said Dinn.

“If one of the key messages of the Health Accord is better health outcomes and lower rates of chronic illness then CGMs should be a very clear opportunity for investment.”

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