Press release

Almost 1 in 10 Winnipeggers has diabetes

November 14 is World Diabetes Day. How is Winnipeg doing?

November 12, 2014


November 14 is World Diabetes Day. How is Winnipeg doing?

Peg tells us…

9.2% of Winnipeggers aged 19 or older were treated for diabetes between 2009/10 and 2011/12.

The facts are:

  • The percentage of Winnipeggers aged 19 or older with diabetes (either Type I or Type II) has increased by 48% from ten years earlier; growing from 6.2% in 1998/99 – 2000/01 to 9.2% in 2009/10 – 2011/12.
  • At the community level, diabetes rates are consistently highest in Point Douglas, Inkster, and Downtown, and lowest in Assiniboine South, River Heights and Fort Garry.
  • The diabetes rate has increased 2.3% in Winnipeg’s highest income area vs. an increase of 4.3% in the lowest income area, and 3% city-wide.
  • Diabetes prevalence rates are defined by hospitalization, physician visits, or prescriptions for diabetes medications.

Why does this matter?

  • A significant number of Winnipeggers have diabetes, and in Manitoba diabetes is a major cause of heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and loss of limbs due to amputation. According to the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), Canadian adults with diabetes are twice as likely to die prematurely as those without diabetes. Diabetes prevention can reduce this burden of disease.
  • The cost to the provincial health care budget is significant – a person with diabetes can face direct costs for medications and supplies ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 a year.
  • The increase in overall rates is probably due to longer survival of people with diabetes because of improvements in medical and self-care, and continuing efforts around awareness and earlier identification of cases.

* More detail and source data for the above facts available at, under the Diabetes prevalence tab


More facts on this subject available at:

Link to Peg data:

Source of the data:  Manitoba Centre for Health Policy


Available for interviews:

On Peg:

Sumeep Bath                                       Media and Communications Officer, IISD                    

(204) 958-7740                                                          


On diabetes and the Aboriginal community:

Anita Ducharme, Executive Director

National Aboriginal Diabetes Association   

(204) 927-1224


On the data:

Dr. Randy Fransoo, Associate Director Research

Manitoba Centre for Health Policy

(204) 789-3543


On diabetes in Manitoba:

Andrea Kwasnicki, ‎Regional DirectorManitoba/Nunavut Region Canadian Diabetes Association(204) 925-3800, ext 228



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