“Diabetes is a significant and growing health concern. There are about 386,000 Albertans currently living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and Diabetes Canada estimates this number will increase to approximately 556,000 by 2031.

“November is Diabetes Awareness Month, an opportunity to increase awareness of this chronic health condition and the need for ongoing research to find improved treatments and, ultimately, a cure.

“During this month, it is important to recognize the impact of diabetes upon those living with this illness, their families and the health system. This lifelong condition requires constant monitoring, consistent care and lifestyle modifications to manage its effects.

“Alberta’s government acknowledges the essential need for health care and supplies to manage diabetes and maintain health and well-being for those living with this chronic condition.

“That’s why in August, Alberta’s government expanded coverage for blood glucose test strips and other diabetes supplies for Albertans with government-sponsored health benefit plans.

“Please join me in recognizing Diabetes Awareness Month by sharing information about diabetes with others and extending support to Albertans living with this disease.”