Diabetes Topics Catalogue

To search this Diabetes Topics Catalogue, hold "Ctrl" + "f" (PC) or "Cmd" + "f" (Mac) and type in your search word. 

Consider giving all your patients the short list of Diabetes Resources for Patients (diabetes phone-lines, classes, urgent help, routine 1:1 help).


Assessment Tools and Safety

Carbohydrate Counting

The following are some of the many tools available for determining the carbohydrate content of foods. Not all sources of carbohyrate content may be acccurate (particularly for apps).

Classes for Diabetes (for patients)

Client Centered Counseling (Motivational Interviewing)

Complications

Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM)

Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines

Diabetes Services (AHS) - Calgary Zone

Diabetes in Pregnancy

Diabetes-Type 1

Diabetes Updates 

  Donating Supplies

Driving

Emergency Wait Room Times

Exercise

  • See heading for Physical Activity 

Foot Care

Health Care Provider Foot Care Assessments and Resources

Footcare Handouts and Patient Resources

Calgary Foot Care Services: Low - Moderate Risk 

Calgary Foot Care Services: High Risk 

Glucose Monitoring and Record Sheets


HbA1c - Hemoglobin A1c

Healthcare Provider Education

Homecare

  • Calgary area clients and staff may call 403-943-1920 to inquire about eligibility for homecare services.

Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar)

Inpatient Diabetes Resources (Alberta Hospitals)

Patient Handout: Visit the top of this page for the handout Diabetes Resources for Patients (AHS) Diabetes Resources for Patients (AHS) 

Inpatient Provider Resources:

Insulin Adjustment

Insulin Pump

  • Animas 
  • Insulet Corporation - Omnipod
    • User GuideWebsite; Customer care:1.855.POD.INFO (1.855.763.4636)
    • Contact Jodi Thorimbert 1-403-594-2194  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Greg Kierzek 1-587-434-2187 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Medtronic - Veo, 630G
    • Website: Medtronic Canada
    • Pump Trainer Professional Resources password: CPTVEOCGM
    • Medtronic Webinars for Professionals
    • 630 G User Guide
    • 24 hour Technical Support Line:1-800-MINIMED (646-4633)
    • CareLink Personal Login
    • CareLink Personal Reading Your Reports
    • CareLink Reports Guide - PDF
    • Contacts:
      • Customer care: 1-800-284-4416 
      • Diabetes Territory Manager 
         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 1-403-829-1932
      • Diabetes Clinical Specialist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  1-203-831-4102
      • Sales Consultant Diabetes Division
        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 1-800-284-4416 Ext 73848
  • Roche Accu-Chek Combo or Spirit (No longer for sale in Canada)
    • IMPORTANT NOTICE Roche insulin pumps are no longer sold in Canada: For support of existing Roche pumps call 1-800-688-4578 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • User Guide for Spirit pump. 
  • Tandem t:slim X2
    • Website: Tandem Canada and our webpage for Tandem
    • Territory Manager Kate Stephen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
      PHONE: (403) 512-2632 FAX: (858) 224-6400
  • YpsoPump by YpsoMed Canada
    • Website: YpsoPump
    • Territory Manager Ward Clark Ward Clark This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Support Group: Calgary Insulin Pumpers

Insulin Safety - AHS Provincial

Insulin Senstivity Factor (ISF)

Insulin Starts and Injectables

Marijuana (Cannabis) and Diabetes 


  • Impact of Marijuana use on Diabetes Management:
    • No current conclusive evidence exists to suggest significant or consistent direct impact of marijuana on glycemic management in diabetes (as of 2018). More research is needed to investigate the role of cannabinoids in glycemic control.
    • Marijuana may indirectly impact diabetes management through its negative effects on self-care practices, decision making, appetite, judgement, memory or other effects.
  • Health Effects of Marijuana: The two main cannabinoids in marijuana are THC and CBD. Health effects of cannabis apart from recreational use for the THC (“high” or relaxed) or medicinal use of TCH and/or CBD (reduced nausea, vomiting, pain, spasticity, seizures) can include the following:

Medical Procedures

Medication Resources

Miscellaneous

Nutrition Resources

Obesity Resources

Physical Activity (Exercise)

Primary Care Networks (PCNs)

Psychosocial Resources 

  • Mental Health
    • Calgary Distress Line: 403-266-4357 (403-266-HELP) Delivers 24-hour support, free crisis counseling and resource referral services to Calgary and the surrounding area.​
    • Access Mental Health: 403-943-1500 helps direct people to the most appropriate mental health services in the Calgary zone.
    • Patient handout: Diabetes Canada Diabetes and Mental Health
    • See Stress topics below
  • General Social Services
  • Diabetes Supplies
    • Compassionate diabetes supplies: Family doctors can call the 1-800 number of insulin or medication companies to discuss and request forms for compassionate care supplies. Many companies offer this, but not all.
    • Emergency support to help purchase medications is available to those who qualify. Patients can call Alberta Works Income Support 1-866-644-5135 (press 0).
    • The Government of Canada offers a Disability Tax Credit for those who qualify. This requires physician help in completing forms. Income taxes must be completed prior to sending into the federal government.
    • Also view the section on Alberta resources in the Diabetes Canada's PDF called Diabetes Resource Manual (or view other province's resources).

Renal Disease (Chronic Kidney Disease - CKD)

Retinopathy 

Safety Checklist 

Sick Days (Illness)

Skin Care 

  • See the Skin Care page for products for CGM, insulin pumps and infusion sets.

Smoking Cessation

Stress

Support Groups

Please note that most of these supportive groups or organizations are not managed, reviewed or endorsed by Alberta Health Services (AHS).

  • Alberta Healthy Living Program (AHS) “Better Choices, Better Health groups for type 2 diabetes. 403-943-2584
  • Calgary Neuropathy Association
  • Calgary Insulin Pumpers
  • Diabetes Canada Calgary 403-266-0620 ask about events, groups (all types of diabetes)
  • Transitioning Youth with Diabetes in Calgary (AHS) Twitter: @TYDcalgary; Facebook:TYP Calgary 
  • Connected in Motion (type 1 diabetes)
  • JDRF Southern Alberta - type 1 diabetes. Contact Chelsie 403.255.7100 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • I Challenge Diabetes

Translated Diabetes Materials

  • Find possible translated materials inside topic headings above e.g. Starting Insulin
  • AHS staff visit Lexicomp (insite>pharmacy services>Lexicomp (right hand side) --Type in medication or disease condition, scroll to click patient education, English shows as default choose "select language" in upper right.
  • www.ethnomed.org: Diabetes information with pictures in a variety of languages (Amharic, Somali, Vietnamese, Khmer, Oromo, Tigrinya, etc.)
  • Diabetes in the Chinese Community (CDA): Search the page for "Translated Materials"
  • Search this page: use "ctrl"+F (pc) or command+F (mac) and type in the language

Travel

Vascular Risk

Websites and Directories

 

Handout Key:

AHS: Alberta Health Services

DCC: Diabetes Centre Calgary, AHS

DC: Diabetes Canada (previouslyCanadian Diabetes Association - CDA)