Living with Diabetes

Living an active, independent life through a lifelong commitment to careful diabetes management can be accomplished through:

  • Understanding your diabetes
  • Regular physical activity
  • Knowing what, when and how much to eat
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Learning how to reduce stress
  • Maintaining a blood pressure at, or below 130/801

Key Information and How to Access Services

Diabetes in the HNHB LHIN

In 2013-2014, the HNHB LHIN assumed the funding and accountability for eight Adult and four Pediatric Diabetes Education Programs (DEPs) that were transitioned from the Ministry and Health and Long-Term Care.

In addition, the LHIN assumed a role to collaborate with health service providers across the LHIN including primary care with the purpose of improved coordination, standardization of processes/practices and maximizing utilization to support a more integrated, patient centered system that is accessible, equitable and effective and offers the best value for individuals.

For more information about the LHIN’s initiatives to improve the patient experience for adults and children with diabetes, please read our strategic documents


As of April 2015, the HNHB LHIN was home to 143,317 adults living with diabetes. 

This is the 3rd highest population compared to all other LHINs and represents 12.1% of the HNHB LHIN adult population.

(Source: Diabetes System Indicators, 2016)

Attention Health Care Providers

A coordinated access model has been developed to standardize and improve access to diabetes education services across the LHIN. This model includes one standardized diabetes referral form and three identified lead agencies to assist with coordinating access for individuals with or at risk of developing diabetes.

DEPs can be accessed through direct referral (as usual), self-referral, and through a DEP Coordinated Access Lead Agency (Hamilton Burlington - St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton; Niagara - Niagara Health System; Haldimand Norfolk Brant - Brant Community Healthcare System).


  • Referral Form: English - PDF/Word and French - PDF/Word
    • For a direct referral, check the direct referral box and use page 2 to find contact information for the appropriate DEP.
    • To refer to a Coordinated Access Lead Agency, select and fax to the desired zone.
  • Insulin Prescription Form: English and French