before diabetes diagnosis

About Diabetes Advocacy

before diabetes diagnosis

Diabetes Advocacy is a website dedicated to those living with Type 1 Diabetes.

Diabetes Advocacy is filled with over 740 pages of knowledge, resources, and support.

It has become a voice for those living with Type 1 diabetes. It has been heard by politicians on both provincial and federal levels.

Diabetes Advocacy was instrumental in the 2004 reform of the Disability Tax Credit which now allows people living with Type 1 diabetes to receive the credit.

We continue to work to improve access to devices and supplies for those living with diabetes in Canada, as well as working to protect the rights of children in schools.


Diabetes Advocacy is run by Barb Wagstaff. 

Barb’s youngest son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was just two years old. (You can read their story here.) From that day forward, she dedicated much of her time and energy to making the best possible life for her son and for other living with this disease.

Barb created the Diabetes Advocacy website when she could not find enough information and support for Canadians. She set about attempting to fill that gap by focusing on issues and challenges that affected Canadians living with Type 1 Diabetes.

Barb has a degree in Psychology and is a Certified Life Coach but has no medical training. Living with a child with type 1 diabetes has led her to advocate, provide information and offer support to people living with diabetes throughout Canada and the world.

Barb has grown  Diabetes Advocacy to what it is today through hard work and the support of individuals and organizations. 

You can learn more about Diabetes Advocacy in our media kit.

While we do not currently receive any federal or private grants, individuals can continue to support our work through purchases in our digital store.  We also accept affiliate links and sponsored ads that are in keeping with our brand. If you would like to further assist or advertise your authorized diabetes-related item on this site, please contact us.

We accept advertisements for products and services that we deem to be of interest to our readers and which are in keeping with our editorial policy of patient empowerment, sound science, and medical accuracy. All advertising must be vetted through Diabetes Advocacy first.

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