B.C. diabetes cases double in decade
Rates of diabetes among British Columbians have more than doubled over the last decade, a frightening trend that, if left unchecked, is expected to drive up health care costs, according to the province.
Last year, nearly 285,000 B.C. residents were living with diabetes, up from 133,000 in 1998.
The incidence rate mirrors national figures, which have reached epidemic proportions and are only expected to get worse.
More than two million Canadians have the disease and it's estimated another five million -- 15 per cent of the country's population -- are "pre-diabetic."