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Building on past success. Creating hope. Ensuring a better future. 

Join us as we launch a new challenge. Together we will find new ways to help Canadians living with diabetic kidney disease.  

In 1921, Canadian researchers were at the centre of one of the world’s most important medical breakthroughs. The discovery of insulin a century ago revolutionized the treatment of diabetes and has saved millions of lives. Some called it a medical miracle. We call it hard work by dedicated researchers. Frederick Banting and J.J.R. Macleod, of the University of Toronto, were awarded a Nobel Prize for their work.  

Today we are honoring the historic discovery of insulin by creating a new and promising partnership. The Kidney Foundation of Canada is collaborating with the CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (CIHR-INMD) to accelerate research into diabetic kidney disease. 

The Kidney Foundation of Canada and CIHR will each contribute $1 million over the next five years to bring together a world-class team of medical researchers. They will investigate new ways of preventing diabetic kidney disease and improving the outcomes of those living with this life-threatening condition. 

What is Diabetic Kidney Disease?  

Diabetic kidney disease is a serious kidney-related complication of type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Up to 50% of Canadians with diabetes will have signs of kidney damage in their lifetime. Risk factors include a genetic predisposition, high blood pressure, poor glucose (sugar) control and diet. Diabetic kidney disease affects people from all backgrounds, but certain communities are more at risk, such as people from South Asian, Indigenous, African, and Canadian backgrounds.  

We need better treatments for diabetic kidney disease now. Did you know?  

  • In the past 20 years the number of Canadians diagnosed with diabetes has doubled.  
  • At least 11 million Canadians live with prediabetes or diabetes.  
  • Nearly 4 out of 10 new dialysis patients also have diabetes.  
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure in Canada.  
  • First Nations people have about three times higher rates of end-stage kidney disease, largely driven by diabetic kidney disease. 
  • If you have diabetes, you should be tested once a year to see if diabetes is affecting your kidneys 

The rapid rise in diabetes is leading to an alarming increase in the number of Canadians living with kidney disease and kidney failure. In 2019, 11 million Canadians were living with prediabetes or diabetes. The costs of treating the disease have gone from $14 billion in 2008 to just over $30 billion a year now. You can help us break this cycle. It’s time. 100 years after the discovery of insulin, it’s time to seek out the next great discovery. Let’s move the dial forward on improving outcomes for those at risk or diagnosed with diabetic kidney disease. 

Too many Canadians have their lives cut short by diabetic kidney disease. Donate now. Let’s end diabetic kidney disease. 

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