Diabetes Resources

It has been long established that there is an intricate relationship between diabetes, its potential long-term complications and vascular diseases. Through the work of the Central East LHIN's Diabetes and Vascular Health Team, health service providers are working together to determine service needs and gaps in both vascular related services as well as diabetes.  This outreach includes reviewing the current state, system planning and providing opportunities for continuous quality improvement as the system becomes increasingly patient-centered.  

Local residents and health care providers are encouraged to review the information below to learn more about local diabetes resources.  To contact a member of the LHIN's Diabetes/Vascular Health team, please email centraleast@lhins.on.ca or call 1-866-804-5446.  

Did you know?  

In Ontario, there are over 800,000 people living with diabetes

Whether you’ve been living with diabetes for a long time or are newly diagnosed, it’s important that you have information to better understand your condition and what you can do to live a healthy life with diabetes.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease. There are two types of diabetes that put Canadians at risk. Type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. If not treated or properly managed, diabetes can result in a variety of complications, including: heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, eye disease, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and nerve damage.

Good diabetes management can help prevent or delay these complications – talk to your health care provider or visit a Diabetes Education Program in your area.  To learn more about diabetes click here 

Living With Diabetes: What you should know

The Central East LHIN in collaboration with Lakeridge Health developed a resource guide for individuals living with diabetes based on the Canadian Diabetes Association's 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines.  This resource covers topics from healthy eating and physical activity, to foot care, cholesterol and financial assistance for people with diabetes. To view or download the guide please click the link below.   If you would like to obtain your own copy, please contact the Central East LHIN or your local Diabetes Education Program

Living with Diabetes resource guide click here  

Get Connected with a Diabetes Education Program

Diabetes Stakeholders in the Central East are working together to establish a more streamlined and integrated system for the intake and referral of patients with diabetes.  Centralized Diabetes Intake (CDI) will make it easier for primary care providers, allied health care professionals, hospitals and patients, to refer to DEPs and the CCAC.  They will have the option of calling the Centralized DIabetes Intake or submitting the Centralized Diabetes Intake Referral Form by fax. Patients will also have the ability to self-refer by calling the toll-free number and speaking with a Care Coordinator who will facilitate the referral process.

Centralized Diabetes Intake toll free phone number: 1-888-997-9996

Referral fax number: 905-444-2544

Click here to access the Centralized Diabetes Intake referral form

For all Health Service Providers 

The MOHLTC has released an updated policy and procedures manual for Adult Diabetes Education programs.  Upon the transfer of the Ministry Managed programs to the LHINs, a working group was established to update the manual.  The work group consisted of representatives from the Toronto Central LHIN, South East LHIN, Central West LHIN and MOHLTC representatives.
This manual replaces the existing MOHLTC policy and procedures manual and will provide valuable information to LHIN staff and Health Service Providers for administering the LHIN managed program. 

The manual communicates a number of key items such as:

  • Diabetes Program Information (program background, program objectives, principles for the provision of service, diabetes program service model)
  • Program Planning and Evaluation (annual operating plan submission, program planning, program monitoring, program audits)
  • Service Delivery and Accessibility (accessibility of services, fees for service, staffing and qualifications, compliance with PHIPA, record keeping)
  • Financial Requirements (financial accountability, financial reporting, recovery of unspent funds, financial management requirements)
  • Human Resources (board responsibilities, requesting changes to staffing, salary grids/compensation provision)
  • Reporting templates (financial and service reporting, reporting timelines)

To access a copy of the Adult Diabetes Education Program Policy and Procedure Manual please click HERE. 

For Primary Care Providers: Diabetes-Related Resources and Information

Please click on the links below to access diabetes-related resources and information for primary care providers and their patients.

  • Canadian Diabetes Association 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada  
  • Tool for Achieving Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes– Centre for Effective Practice
  • Diabetic Foot Risk Assessment FormThe Diabetic Foot Risk Assessment Form is one of a series of patient and provider foot care tools developed by the Diabetes Care Program of Nova Scotia (DCPNS) to increase both consumer and health professional awareness of foot problems associated with diabetes and aid in the early detection of diabetic foot problems.
  • Choices & Changes for Healthcare Professionals
    The Central East LHIN Self-Management program offers accredited workshops (Choices & Changes) for physicians, which teach communication skills that facilitate patient engagement and empower patients to adopt healthy behaviours. The program also provides free workshops for people with diabetes to equip patients with the skills, knowledge and confidence to manage their condition. For additional information healthcare professionals are asked to call 1-866-971-5545.
  • Connecting Primary Care Providers to Diabetes Education Programs
    Primary care providers are invited to refer their patients to a local diabetes education program. Education is essential in the treatment of diabetes, and people with diabetes are encouraged to take an active role in the day-to-day management of their own health care. Self-care, however, requires certain skills. These can be learned at one of region’s Diabetes Education Programs.

Resources and Information for Patients

  • Diabetes Education Program provides the tools and skills needed to support people living with diabetes so that they can lead a more full and healthy life.  In both group settings and one-on-one councelling, individuals learn self management skills from a team of health care professionals.  To find a diabetes education centre near you, please click here

  • The Canadian Diabetes Association  is committed to informing people about diabetes, how to live well with the disease and how complications may be prevented or delayed. For patient resources and tools please visit  http://guidelines.diabetes.ca/PatientResources.aspx or to launch one of the six new interactive Healthy Living Series learning modules please click here 
  • Diabetes: Fact Sheets  Diabetes information is available in easy to read fact sheets, organized into helpful topics. Fact sheets are available in English, French, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Cree, Hindi, Ojibway, Ojicree, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish. Click here to select a topic.
  • The Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (SOADI)  is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for the development, and enhancement of programs and services focusing on the education, prevention, and management of diabetes in Aboriginal communities, both on and off-reserve.  For more information about SOADI  and services provided please visit: https://www.soadi .ca/ 
  • Diabetes and You – Tool Kit 
    The information provided in the short videos and fact sheets below will help people living with diabetes understand diabetes and the steps they can take to manage it. They will learn about the importance of including exercise in their daily routine; the role of healthy eating - from portion control to dietary balance; how to deal with their blood glucose, medications and stress; and much more. For additional information please go to: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/diabetes/video/  
  • My Diabetes Passport and Goal Card
    My Diabetes Passport and accompanying Goal Card were created to support individuals’ management of diabetes. In partnership with health care providers, Ontarians with diabetes can use the Diabetes Passport and Goal Card to record, track and monitor important information such as key test results, medications, diabetes education sessions, personal goals and planned activities to assist in self-management of their diabetes. To order copies please visit http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/diabetes/card/or to download click here
  • Self-Management Workshop
    The Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions six-week self-management workshop helps people to live well while dealing with conditions like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, lung disease, and other chronic health issues. Patients will develop new tools and skills that break the “symptom cycle,” to feel better, and do more of the activities that they love and enjoy.For additional information on these Self-Management Workshops, please visit: https://www.healthylifeworkshop.ca/