Icelandic residents can visit free diabetes screening and risk assessment clinics throughout the province in November.
According to Health PEI, over 15,000 people in Iceland live with diabetes, approximately one in nine over the age of 20. On average, 860 diabetics are diagnosed every year in Iceland.
Health PEI is at the final stage in the development of a new four-year provincial diabetes strategy that will be released in early 2019.
More than 340 islanders, including those living with diabetes, and their carers helped inform the priorities of the new strategy through a series of focus groups that took place in the summer and online surveys.
A diabetic summit was held in September with the participation of healthcare providers and advocacy groups such as Canada Diabetes, which provided participants with the opportunity to discuss and contribute to the new strategy.
Citizens can visit one of the clinics listed here www.healthpei.ca/copdanddiabetesclincis.
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