|Title||Planning research for greater community involvement and long-term benefits|
|Year of Publication||2000|
|Authors||Bates V, Bates N, Bergeron L|
Each year in Eeyou Istchee, the Cree region of northern Quebec, we notice that more pregnant women are being diagnosed with gestational diabetes1 and more adults and teens are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus.2 The rate of gestational diabetes among pregnant women is high because we have 890 people who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. This is 11% of the population over the age of 15 years. These numbers in 2000 are 4 times as high as in 1989, and today type 2 diabetes is being diagnosed in younger age groups, including children. As is pointed out in the Annual Diabetes Registry Update2,3 (May 2000), 94% of people with diabetes are overweight. The increase in diabetes and gestational diabetes in our community is matched by an increase in the number of people who are overweight and obese, along with a decrease in their level of physical activity. For the future of our people, we urgently need to understand how to reduce the number of new cases of diabetes and how to help pregnant women lower their risk of developing gestational diabetes.
Planning research for greater community involvement and long-term benefits