Diabetes Resources

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. 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.

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, 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 by calling the Centralized Diabetes Intake or submitting the Centralized Diabetes Intake Referral Form. Patients 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

Adult Diabetes Education Program Manual 

The ministry released an updated policy and procedures manual for Adult Diabetes Education programs. This manual provides valuable information to LHIN staff and Health Service Providers for administering the LHIN-managed program. 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.

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, 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 ministry 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 visit http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/diabetes/card/or download click here
  • Self-Management Workshop
    Self-management workshops help people to live well while dealing with conditions like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, lung disease, and other chronic health issues. For additional information on these Self-Management Workshops visit www.ceselfmanagement.ca