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100 years since insulin discovery, Canadian scientists push for new diabetes treatments

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Advancements in science and technology have enabled us to monitor and manage diabetes better, but there is still room for improvement, experts say.

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“Despite all of our advances, we still see a lot of complications of diabetes today, even in Canada, and so I think we have a lot of room to improve,” said Dr. Jeremy Gilbert, an endocrinologist at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre in Toronto.

More than 11 million Canadians, or one in three, are living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to Diabetes Canada.

Every hour of every day, at least 20 people are diagnosed with the disease and every 24 hours, more than 20 Canadians die of diabetes-related complications.

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the body is unable to produce or properly use insulin – a hormone that controls blood sugar levels.

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