National Diabetes Month 2019: Let’s Talk About Living Well with Diabetes – FNHA

by ahnationtalk on November 13, 201952 Views

Nov 12, 2019

Recently the First Nations Food, Nutrition and Environment Study released its findings and urged decision-makers to “address systemic problems related to food,” and “support sustainable and healthy lifestyles.”

The recommendations are especially important for Indigenous people in Canada, who face higher rates of diabetes than non-Indigenous people.

While decision makers at a systems level can make big changes to impact wellness, we as Indigenous people can make changes on the ground where we live, work, play and eat to have healthier lifestyles.

Living well with diabetes

Diabetes, a chronic disease that many people live with, has not always been a health issue for First Nations in BC. Historically, healthy traditional diets and active lifestyles sustained generations over thousands of years and prevented many chronic diseases. The drastic lifestyle and dietary changes resulting from colonialism, such as restrictions and barriers to hunting and the dangers of pollution to shellfish harvesting, have contributed to more cases of diabetes among First Nations peoples.

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