Effects of diabetes on the health of the Cree of Eeyou Istchee : what can be learned from linking the Cree Diabetes Information System (CDIS) with the Quebec Diabetes Surveillance System (QDSS)

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TitleEffects of diabetes on the health of the Cree of Eeyou Istchee : what can be learned from linking the Cree Diabetes Information System (CDIS) with the Quebec Diabetes Surveillance System (QDSS)
Publication TypeResearch
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsLégaré G, Dannenbaum DA, Torrie J, Kuzmina E, Linton P
ISBN Number2-550-43500-1
Abstract

Diabetes is one of the most pressing health issues today, not only in Eeyou Istchee, but also in many other Aboriginal communities and in Québec and Canada at large. Diabetes was not a population health problem forty years ago. Today it is one of the greatest challenges facing the Cree and other nations. The increase in Type 2 diabetes seems to be related to the cumulative effect of major changes in diet and nutrition,decline in physical activity, and an increased tendency towards overweight and obesity in the population. The findings from this research project help us to better understand this epidemic in Eeyou Istchee and how the Cree Health Board should be responding to help people live better with diabetes and to prevent it.

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