It was a day filled with learning and fun for Saskatchewan families living with type 1 diabetes on Saturday.
The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region’s Metabolic and Diabetes Education Centre, the Canadian Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation teamed up to host a “Growing with Diabetes” workshop.
At the event, families around the province were able to sit and chat with other families to discuss tips and tricks that work for them when it comes to living with type 1 diabetes.
Brie Hnetka, Regional Director with the Canadian Diabetes Association, said the event was designed to help families create connections.
“It’s important (participants) learn that there are other people out there who are dealing with the same challenges that they are,” said Hnetka.
Hnetka said many of those who attend are able to form relationships, and continue sharing and supporting one another via social media.
Right now, in Saskatchewan, there are approximately 1,400 children and youth living with type 1 diabetes.
Over the last 10 years, the prevalence of type 1 diabetes has increased by more than 40 per cent.