Addressing a global epidemic through innovative science

Type 2 diabetes is a global epidemic. For individuals living with type 2 diabetes, the disease can lead to:
  • blindness
  • loss of limbs
  • death
For health care systems around the world, managing the needs of diabetics is increasingly costly. While the incidence of type 2 diabetes skyrockets around the world, the treatment paradigm has not changed significantly in years. It is essential for human health and the global medical economy that we find new approaches to dealing with this disease, which is typically brought on predominantly by lifestyle. At SciMar, we believe we are on the path to a solution. 50% of all Canadian youth, including 80% of all Indigenous youth, will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetimes. 1 In 2015, 3.4 million Canadians (9.3% of the population) were living with diabetes. That number is expected to grow to 5 million (12.1%) by 2025. 2 In Canada, people with type 2 diabetes represent 50% of all people on kidney dialysis. 3 Diabetes was responsible for 5.1 million deaths around the world in 2013. 4 In 2014, 387 million people around the world were living with type 2 diabetes. 5 Over five million Canadian adults have obesity, according to the 2014 Canadian Community Health Survey, and 10% of premature deaths among Canadians (20-64) are directly attributable to obesity. 6 Without a major change in how we approach this wretched disease, it is expected that 600 million people will have type 2 diabetes by 2035. The medical community, the economy, and all of humanity need a big idea to resolve the crisis. SciMar has the big idea. SciMar is leading the way in making that all-important transformational leap. 1 Canadian Medical Association 2 Diabetes Canada 3 Diabetes Canada 4 International Diabetes Federation (2014) 5 International Diabetes Federation (2014) 6 Obesity Canada