World Diabetes Day is November 14 #EqualCanada #CBias | Toronto Teacher Mom

World Diabetes Day is November 14 #EqualCanada #CBias

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Did you know that more than 9 million Canadians are living with diabetes or prediabetes? The scary thing is that this number is increasing. Since November is National Diabetes Month, it is a good time to talk about preventative measures and, since there is no cure, learn about the importance of managing the disease. Being proactive is the only way to treat Diabetes.

On November 10, the National Post will be releasing the fourth annual Report on Diabetes for World Diabetes Day, which is on November 14. It is an 8-page spread which will be available in circulation as well as online. The Report will discuss prevention and diabetes management and it will also feature Bret Michaels and his battle with Type 1 Diabetes as the cover story. Other topics will include The Importance of Exercise and Weight Loss, The Magnitude of Nutrition and Diet, Recognizing the Symptoms and much, much more. As with many major illnesses, awareness is an important part in preventing the disease. So keep your eyes out for the Report this Thursday.

I still recall living with my maternal grandmother who was diagnosed with diabetes just before she died. I remember sitting on the stairs and listening to the commotion that was going on her bedroom, not fully understanding what was going on. Gosh, I must have been barely four at the time. It wasn't until I first became pregnant that I learned about gestational diabetes and learned that my cousin had developed it during her pregnancy, making it all the more complicated. It has affected her life drastically. It has definitely made me more concerned about pre-diabetes and look into signs and symptoms.

In the National Post publication, Equal will be featured as the exclusive artificial sweetener and will have a recipe included in their 1/ 4 page spread. Even if you have Diabetes, there are still many options when it comes to food. You can find a whole bunch of recipes on such as this Bittersweet Chocolate Torte that has 46% less calories than the traditional version thanks to Equal. Doesn't it look so good?

As part of this blog post, I have donated $25 towards Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada.
You can make a donation in someone's honour or loving memory, or you can choose to make a general donation towards critical research to help find a cure for diabetes and its complications.

Also, have a look in this week's Sobey's flyer. They will be having a sale on Equal and will also include a special "Baking Flyer" as well.

Facts About Equal

Equal is appropriate for use by individuals with diabetes. It is well-tolerated by both those with insulin dependent and non-insulin dependant diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2). Sugar Lite is also appropriate for use by individuals with diabetes, however they must keep in mind their total carbohydrate counts.
Equal is recognized as an acceptable part of a diabetes meal plan by both the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

*Traditional Equal products actually contain 4 calories and the carbohydrate content is just under 1 gram of carbohydrate per each two teaspoon serving. FDA labeling laws state that if a serving has less than 5 calories, it may be labeled as “0” calories.

Obesity is a Major Risk Factor For Diabetes

Substituting traditional Equal products for sugar in coffee* and on cereal* each day will save an unbelievable 20,440 calories per year. (*based on 2 teaspoons of sugar in coffee and 2 teaspoons of sugar on cereal each day.)

Coffee time

So if I substitute Equal for sugar in my coffee, it could really reduce my caloric intake. Food for thought...

Check out for more information. You can connect with Equal on Twitter as well as on Facebook.

This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions are my own. #CBias

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  1. That is very sad how you had to experience that with your Grandmother! Did you have Gestational Diabetes? Man that would be tough!

  2. What a touching story, Diana! Thanks so much for sharing and encouraging others to make a difference!

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  3. I was sorry to hear about your personal connection with Diabetes. I'm glad to see you spreading the message to others who will hopefully take some of your advice on prevention.

  4. Thanks for stopping by, ladies. I never had gestational diabetes but I was always worried about it. I really lucked out with both my pregnancies.


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