Diabetes Strategy


If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, you can try to delay or prevent developing it. Type 2 diabetes changes the way you live each day and can cause many other health problems.

There is encouraging news. In one study, individuals who achieved a healthy weight through increased physical activity and healthier eating decreased their risk for type 2 diabetes by over 50%. 

There are two Diabetes Prevention Guides: which is right for you?

The Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Brochure is a resource designed to help you understand the basics of the disease and how it can be prevented.

The Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Booklet is longer and contains more useful tips for healthy eating and being more physically active.  It also provides a simple tool to help you develop your own plan for living a healthier life.


How to Order

Print copies of the brochure and the booklet are available in English and French and can be ordered from ServiceOntario.

  1. 1. Order Online
  2. Go to: serviceontario.ca/publications
                (search phrase: diabetes)

    To order online through ServiceOntario you’ll need to create an on-line account. When you create your account you will not only have access to diabetes prevention materials but other resources. It’s fast and it’s free to Ontario residents.

  3. 2.  Order by Phone
  4. Call ServiceOntario Publications between Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
                1-800-668-9938 Toll-free
                1-800-268-7095 TTY Toll-free


About the Ontario Diabetes Strategy

Ontario has set targets and is tracking progress in its fight against diabetes: These targets include:

  • Ensuring all people with diabetes have access to a primary health care provider.
  • Ensuring that 80 per cent of people with diabetes, aged 18 and older have all three diabetes tests, cholesterol, a retinal eye exam and the HbA1C test (a measure of blood sugar control) within the recommended guideline period for optimal diabetes management.
  • Having 35 per cent of all dialysis patients receive their dialysis at home.
  • Ensuring that the Insulin Pumps and Supplies Program for Adults meets its target of 1,342 new approved applicants for funding for insulin pumps and supplies.
  • Increasing the number of annual bariatric surgeries to 2,085 a year by 2011/2012.

As part of the ongoing effort to improve the health and health care of Ontarians, the Ontario Diabetes Strategy (ODS) will help people with diabetes and those who are at high risk of developing it.
The Ontario Diabetes Strategy (ODS) will do this by:

  • educating the public, especially those at high risk, about diabetes and ways to prevent it
  • supporting patients managing their disease
  • increasing the adoption of approved practice guidelines and proven care and treatment
  • continually improving local health coordination
  • identifying gaps in health care and addressing them; setting targets for clinical performance; enhancing accountability and monitoring performance.

Partners in Better Health

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is implementing this important priority, with input from experts in the field to ensure that the ODS is coordinated and wide-ranging.
Partners in the ODS and their specific roles include:

  • Canadian Diabetes Association - ensuring that the ODS is implemented in a way that's consistent with the best, most current science and evidence
  • eHealth Ontario — working to implement electronic health records so that vital treatment and prevention information is delivered equally well across the province.
  • Diabetes Expert Panel, chaired by Catherine Zahn, Executive Vice President Clinical Programs and Practice, University Health Network - providing the ministry with advice from the viewpoint of health care providers.

In addition, the ODS is looking to the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) to assist in determining local population needs and service gaps in care.

Keeping the Diabetes Dialogue Open

The partners that make up the Ontario Diabetes Strategy are working with the diabetes community and all health system partners to improve patient care. We will keep you informed as we move forward with the Provincial Diabetes Strategy and will provide information updates on this website as we progress.

Find more at:  www.ontario.ca/diabetes