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Canada to host diabetes mega-congress
Date:3/5/2009

area. Delegates and exhibitors will not only spend the week sharing information, catching up with old friends, and making new ones, but also provide a welcome boost to the local economy as they enjoy the hospitality, fine dining and sightseeing opportunities that make Montreal such an attractive venue.

"We are thrilled that the IDF has chosen Montreal, a leader in the life sciences, to host the prestigious 20th World Diabetes Congress," says Charles Lapointe, President and CEO of Tourisme Montral. "We look forward to welcoming these thousands of WDC delegates and sharing the excitement of our city, from its gourmet dining to its shopping and culture, to a downtown that hums with round-the-clock action. It will be at least another decade before this distinguished meeting is held in North America again, so we intend to roll out the red carpet and leave our guests with unforgettable Montreal memories."

Diabetes in Canada North America has one of the highest prevalence rates of diabetes in the world, with over 9% of the adult population living with diabetes. In Canada, 9.3% of adults currently have diabetes and this figure is expected to rise to 11.1% by 2025 according to IDF.

According to the Canadian Diabetes Association and Diabte Qubec more than 2.4 million Canadians are living with diabetes. In addition, more than 6 million Canadians have pre-diabetes, placing them at significant risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Particularly alarming is that nearly 80 percent of new Canadians arrive from populations at high risk of diabetes (Asian, South Asian, African, or Hispanic descent).

As the birthplace of hope for the millions affected by diabetes around the world, Canada is proud to host the International Diabetes Federation's 20th World Diabetes Congress this October," said Ellen Malcolmson, President and CEO, Canadian Diabetes Association. "Our founder, Charles Best, the co-discoverer of insulin, saw that the growing numbers of Can
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Contact: Kerrita McClaughlyn
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32-487-530-625
International Diabetes Federation
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