Portraits of Diabetes


Please visit us on WORLD DIABETES DAY to view the stories of Albertans living with diabetes.

Portraits of Diabetes is a series of portraits and vignette stories of Albertans living with diabetes. These portraits offer a glimpse into what it’s like to live with diabetes—the challenges and struggles of daily management, as well as the achievements made overcoming and living with diabetes.

One million people in Alberta have diabetes or prediabetes, with 1 in 10 deaths in Canada attributed to this disease.
Diabetes not only accounts for an enormous cost in health care dollars, but also the impact it has on the quality of life for the people suffering from this disease.

There is no cure right now. But progress is being made through diabetes research.

November 14, 2017 marks 10 YEARS of the Alberta Diabetes Institute in the Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation. Portraits of Diabetes is a reminder of the importance of continued diabetes research and understanding the impact diabetes has on the lives of a million of Albertans.

The idea for Portraits of Diabetes is based from the original portrait series unveiled November 14, 2007 at the opening of the Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation and have since been displayed on the walls of the Alberta Diabetes Institute. The portraits series revisits many past participants, as well as welcoming new people to share their stories.

The new portrait series also includes story vignettes based from interviews of each participant sharing details of their life with diabetes with a final statement about research at the Alberta Diabetes Institute.