Diabetes Program

 If you are living with diabetes or at risk of developing diabetes, the Provincial Diabetes Program can provide you with education, support and management advice.

What can the Provincial Diabetes Program do for me?

The Diabetes Program can offer you information and support on:

  • Getting Started Classes – if you are new to diabetes
  • ‘At Risk’ Classes – if you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes
  • Individual Assessment and Counseling – for people with diabetes of all ages
  • Insulin Instruction – help if you are beginning insulin injections and how to adjust insulin doses
  • Insulin pump assessment, education and ongoing support – for all ages

Will I need a referral?

Your family physician / nurse practitioner may refer you or you can call a Provincial Diabetes Program clinic in your area to make an appointment.

How can I get help with my diabetes expenses?

The Diabetes Drug Program provides assistance with the cost of approved medications and supplies including insulin products, oral medications, urine-testing materials and blood glucose test strips.

The Insulin Pump Program provides assistance with the cost of approved insulin pumps and supplies for children and youth up to age 19 who are living with type 1 diabetes.

Are you at risk of developing type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes. Making simple lifestyle changes can lower your chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Learn more about the risks associated with type 2 diabetes.

I’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, what do I need to know?

There are more than 10 million Canadians living with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body is unable to produce insulin or properly use the insulin it produces. Learn more about diabetes and watch the 'Getting Started with Diabetes' video.

I’m going on a trip, what should I know before traveling with diabetes?

If you have diabetes, traveling requires extra planning. Changes in meals, activity levels and time zones can affect your blood glucose (sugar) levels. Learn some tips for traveling with diabetes

Why do I need to monitor my blood glucose levels?

Blood glucose testing is an important part of your diabetes care. Learn more about why, when, and how often you should monitor your blood glucose. For more information, visit the Diabetes Canada website [PDF | 246 KB].

What if I have high or low blood glucose levels?

When you have diabetes, you may have low blood glucose levels (hypoglycemia) or high blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia) from time to time. Knowing and understanding the signs and symptoms will be essential for your diabetes care. Learn more about low blood glucose levels and high blood glucose levels. For more information, visit the Diabetes Canada website [PDF | 497 KB].

How do I manage my diabetes when I am sick?

It is important to know how to cope with an illness when you have diabetes. You will need to know how to plan ahead so you are able to manage your insulin or diabetes medications, and monitor your blood glucose levels and nutritional intake. Learn more about how to manage your diabetes when you are sick.

Can stress affect my diabetes?

Diabetes management can be complicated by the impact of stress. Learn how you can manage your stress when you have diabetes.

What are ketones and what do they have to do with diabetes?

Ketones can occur when the body burns fat for energy or fuel. If you have type 1 diabetes and are sick or experiencing stress and don’t take enough insulin, ketones can form in the blood and spill into the urine. Having a high level of ketones in the body can be toxic and, if left untreated, can lead to ketoacidosis.  Learn more about monitoring your ketones.

How will my diabetes affect my dental health?

Dental health is important, especially if you have diabetes. Poorly managed blood glucose levels can lead to severe toothaches or other dental problems. Learn more about dental care when you have diabetes.

How can diabetes affect my eyes and my eyesight?

Too much glucose in the blood can cause damage to many parts of the body, including the eyes. Islanders can see an optometrist free of charge, and without a referral, for certain types of eye care including diabetic retinopathy and dry eye and red eye conditions. Diabetics can be seen yearly for diabetic retinopathy screening. Learn more about how to keep your eyes healthy

Can diabetes cause kidney disease?

Kidney disease is a serious complication that can occur when you have long-term diabetes. Learn more about kidney disease and how to reduce your risk.

How can diabetes affect my feet?

Foot care is an important part of diabetes management. Diabetes can affect the nerves in your feet and prevent you from feeling injuries. Learn more about how to care for your feet.

Can diabetes cause nerve damage?

Nerve damage is a long-term complication of diabetes. If you have high blood glucose levels over an extended period of time it can cause diabetic neuropathy. Learn more about how to keep your nerves healthy.

How can my diabetes affect my heart and blood vessels?

Heart and blood vessel problems can occur if you have high blood glucose levels. Learn more about how to keep your heart and blood vessels healthy.

Will my diabetes impact my sex life?

Diabetes can impact the sex life of both men and women. Men who have diabetes may experience erectile dysfunction within 6 years of their diagnosis. Women who have diabetes may have less interest in sex because of depression or from changes in blood glucose levels that can leave them feeling tired and irritable. Women may also experience vaginal dryness, infections and inflammation. 

What other diabetes information is available?

What other resources are available to me?

How can I contact the Provincial Diabetes Program?

Souris & Montague Diabetes Program
Montague Health Centre
407 MacIntyre Avenue
Montague, PE   C0A 1R0

Telephone:  (902) 838-0787
Fax:  (902) 838-0986

Queen East Diabetes Program
Sherwood Business Centre
161 St. Peter's Road
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Telephone:  (902) 368-4959
Fax:  (902) 894-0321

Queen West Diabetes Program
Four Neighborhoods Health Centre
152 St. Peter's Road
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Telephone:  (902) 569-7562
Fax:  (902) 368-6936

East Prince Diabetes Program
Harbourside Health Centre
243 Heather Moyse Drive
Summerside, PE   C1N 5R1

Telephone:  (902) 432-2600
Fax:  (902) 432-2610

West Prince Diabetes Program
O'Leary Health Centre
14 MacKinnon Drive
O'Leary, PE   C0B 1V0

Telephone:  (920) 859-8781
Fax:  (902) 859-8784

For current information about diabetes, contact:
Diabetes Canada  
PEI Regional Office
Sherwood Business Center
161 St. Peters Road, Charlottetown.

Telephone: 1-800-226-8464 or 1 (902) 894-3005
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Published date: 
February 24, 2017
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