- Commonly diagnosed cancer in women is breast cancer, prostate for men
- Lung cancer is a leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women
- 30 to 35 per cent of all cancers can be prevented by eating well, being active and maintaining a healthy weight
- Help reduce the chances of developing cancer by:
- Not smoking or chewing tobacco
- Have a healthy diet, that includes eating fruits and vegetables, and limits red and processed meats, saturated fats and alcohol as these have been linked to increased risk of several cancers
- Protecting your skin from ultraviolet rays from the sun that cause sunburns and skin cancer
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Diabetes is characterized by high levels of blood sugar, and develops when the body cannot produce enough or properly use insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas that allows the body to use glucose (sugar) for energy.
Without insulin, sugar stays in the blood instead of going into the cells to make energy. Long-term effects can include heart disease, stroke or blindness, kidney failure, reduced sensation or ulcers in the legs and feet.
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes, also known as insulin-dependent diabetes, is not preventable and most commonly targets children or adolescents. In this form of diabetes, the pancreas is not able to supply the body with the insulin it needs. As a result, people with type 1 must inject themselves with insulin every day.
Type 2 Diabetes
Results from insulin resistance where the body cannot use the insulin it produces, or from an insulin deficiency where the body does not produce enough insulin for glucose to be used by body cells. It accounts for about 90 per cent of all diabetes and can be delayed or prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, healthy eating and regular exercise.
- Can develop after age 40
- Is increasingly occurring in children
- Life expectancy for people with type 2 is shortened by 5 to 10 years.
Diabetes Services in Ottawa and the Champlain Local Health Integrated Network
Over nine million Canadians are living with diabetes or prediabetes. Chances are diabetes affects you or someone you know. For more information on types of diabetes, risk factors and signs and symptoms of diabetes, please visit The Canadian Diabetes Association website.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes by your health care professional and require information on diabetes education programs, foot care services, eye care services, self-management support and financial assistance. Please visit The Champlain Diabetes Services website.
CHEO Diabetes Clinic Services
The Clinic provides specialized care to children who have type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance. The clinic provides an insulin pump program, individual or group education sessions, and transition to adult care information sessions.
How to make an appointment
- Physician referral is preferred. Self-referrals are accepted.
- Transfers from other centres are accepted but require a written referral from community agencies (i.e. CCAC, etc.).
Mail or fax the referrals form to:
Diabetes Clinic, CHEO
401 Smyth Road
Ottawa, ON K1H 8L1
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Diseases in this category involve the heart including coronary artery disease, heart attack, angina, congestive heart failure, valvular heart disease and congenital heart problems. It is the number one killer of men and women in Canada. Heart disease can be prevented in most people.
There are two types of risk factors for heart disease:
Those that cannot be changed
- Family history
- Male gender
- Post menopause
- Increasing age
Those that can be changed or managed:
- Smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke
- Untreated high blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol and blood triglycerides
- Lack of physical activity
- Being overweight
- Stress level
- Alcohol use
Warning signs of a heart attack:
- Chest pain -- such as tightness, heaviness, pressure, burning, or squeezing
- Radiation of chest pain to arms, neck, back, or jaw
- Shortness of breath
- Paleness, sweating, or weakness
- Nausea, vomiting and/or indigestion
- Feeling of extreme anxiety, fear or denial
If you experience any warning signs, get help immediately.
Women often experience “softer” symptoms which may come and go, including:
- Vague chest discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Indigestion-like sensations
- Unexplained/unusual fatigue
- Eat a healthy diet
- Be physically active
- Live smoke-free
- Have a healthy weight
Act immediately. Chances of surviving a heart attack are greatest if the symptoms are treated within the first two to three hours of their onset.
Learn CPR. Most heart attacks occur in the home so learning CPR could save the life of someone you know.
Healthy everyday living can help prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.