November 15, 2018 11:30
The Sun Life Financial has donated $ 450,000 to the Foundation of theMontreal heart Institute. This sum will be used to create a clinical diabetes prevention, which will bear the name of the insurer.
This is not the first such initiative of Sun Life of Canada to contribute to countering the effects of diabetes. In the spring, the insurer has also paid $ 750,000 Sinai Health System to fund a program that aims to help prevent type 2 diabetes in women after childbirth.
These actions follow a global strategy developed by the Sun Life Financial to better understand the impacts of this disease, ” explained Jacques Goulet, president, canadian operations, Sun Life Financial, in an interview to the Journal of the insurance. Thus, since 2012, Sun Life has invested more than $ 25 million to slow the progression of diabetes in Canada and around the world.
75 with diabetes die every minute in the world
“Sun Life has a reason to be very simple, said Mr. Goulet. It is to help Canadians achieve financial health sustainable, while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Diabetes is a global scourge. 75 people die every minute in the world. Also, if we take all the diabetics in the world and that we would be a country it would be the third most populous in the world, after China and India. Here, one in three canadians suffers from it. “
Donations to support various initiatives, Sun Life also wants to demonstrate that the type II diabetes, which is the type of diabetes the most common, is curable. Because it is the one which is most often linked to poor lifestyle habits.
“As an insurer, we want our customers to be healthy. Diabetes has direct and indirect costs. Just in Quebec, it is estimated that three billion dollars. Diabetes is the epidemic of the 21st century. If Sun Life has chosen this cause, it is because we have seen that we could bring added value. Diabetes is a scourge much more important that the population is aware of it “, he added.
The detail of the gift
The multi-disciplinary program put in place by the clinical prevention of diabetes will be offered from December to the ÉPIC Centre, Montreal heart Institute, the largest center of preventive cardiology in Canada. The Dr. Martin Juneau, director of prevention at the Montreal heart Institute, will supervise this clinic. It will be accompanied by a multidisciplinary team consisting of a nurse, a kinesiologist, a nutritionist, and the medical staff including cardiologists, internists and general practitioners. The program aims to meet a growing demand for prevention among patients with diabetes or pre-diabetes.
“It is possible to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes or mitigate its negative impacts by changing its habits,” explains Dr. Martin Juneau, director of prevention at the Montreal heart Institute. The mode of life is superior to medication to treat diabetes, not to mention that it is devoid of side effects commonly associated with the medication. The clinic will provide the best tools to patients so that they can decrease the complications related to their disease. “