Healthcare costs attributed to the dangerous spike in the numbers of diabetes cases touched $2.2 billion in Quebec.
Serge Langlois, president of Diabète Québec, said, "It's awful. We never thought that the prevalence would grow that fast. Some parts of the world are worse than Quebec and Canada, but still, it's a frightening increase. You have to understand that kids in Quebec are now being diagnosed with Type II diabetes, which wasn't the case 15 years ago. So, if a child is diagnosed at 12, by the time he or she reaches 30 the complications are going to grow like crazy."
Aging population and the obesity epidemic is the reason behind this surge in the number of diabetes cases. Going by the present trend, we may have 832,000 victims of diabetes by 2020. The Quebec government must spruce up diabetes care, focusing on prevention, to buck this trend.