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How ethnicity affects your risk for diabetes and heart disease

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How ethnicity affects your risk for diabetes and heart disease

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, a time to remind people with diabetes to prioritize their health and understand that diabetes can put them at risk for other conditions, such as heart disease. Approximately one in two people with type 2 diabetes will die of heart disease, which includes heart attack, heart failure and stroke. But […]

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Simple steps to lower your risk of diabetes-related heart disease

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Simple steps to lower your risk of diabetes-related heart disease

In Canada, there are over 3.5 million people living with type 2 diabetes, for whom heart disease is the most common cause of death. Unfortunately, people with diabetes are over three times more likely to be hospitalized for heart-related problems and may develop heart disease 10 to 15 years earlier than those without diabetes. Someone […]

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Five ways to fight health stigma

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Five ways to fight health stigma

Whether it’s a seasonal cold, asthma, or a disease like lung cancer or COPD, it is undeniable that being ill can affect our mental well-being. But there is often more to it than meets the eye. A recent survey commissioned by The Canadian Lung Association showed that stigma, judgment and shame have a negative impact […]

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Informed consent: what is it and why is it important

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Informed consent: what is it and why is it important

All healthcare providers in Ontario, including dietitians, are required by law to obtain informed consent from their clients before they can perform any non-emergency treatment. But what is informed consent and why is it important for your healthcare? Informed consent in healthcare means that you have all the information you need before you willingly agree […]

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Surprising health challenges as we get older

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Surprising health challenges as we get older

As we get older we can begin to experience health problems as our bodies change. Not everyone will experience them. But some medical conditions become more common or more serious after we get a few decades under our belts. Here are some common issues that often accompany aging, and what you can do about them. Constipation. Almost half of us […]

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Three ways to help your kids sleep better

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Three ways to help your kids sleep better

Keeping your children focused during the school year is critical for success, especially for older students during exam time. There are many approaches parents can take to help set their kids up for success, but helping them get a good night’s sleep is one of the most important. Routine is king. Encouraging kids go to bed […]

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