100 seconds to mark 100 years:
Celebrating our shared vision despite our differences

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin right here in Canada – a monumental milestone that changed the lives of generations of people living with diabetes.

We’ve come a long way since then, but there’s still a ways to go to find a cure. Abbott is committed to doing just that, which is why we’re donating up to $10,000 for diabetes research – but we need your help!

Every hour of every day, at least 20 people are diagnosed with diabetes.1 This video highlights how each of our stories is unique. And how we’re all in it together.

Watch it. Share it. Show your support for the diabetes community.

Your voice matters!

Please share, like or comment on this video. For every action, Abbott will make a donation to Diabetes Canada to support diabetes research.


Sophia O.

Living with type 1 diabetes

“Diabetes has been a part of my life for so long, and I've had my struggles with it and my ups and downs.”

Melissa Z.

Mother of two sons both living with diabetes

“[The FreeStyle Libre 2 system] gives both of our boys the independence and freedom to just be kids while still giving us the peace of mind, knowing that they're safe.”

Maha S.

Certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian

“Part of my job is to make my patients more independent in the management of their diabetes.”

James D.

Abbott employee living with diabetes

“[The FreeStyle Libre 2 system] allows me to do stuff I couldn't do before.”


Jessica B.

Pharmacist living with type 1 diabetes

"…to know that other people are struggling, but then succeeding.”


Dr. Akshay J.


“I think the diagnosis of diabetes is a life-changing moment."


Dr. Mary M.


“It's never going to be easy, but I do think all the tools that we have now has made it more approachable for people to live normal lives.”

Paige H.

Living with type 2 diabetes

Holly E.

Diabetes caregiver

“The Abbott FreeStyle Libre 2 system has been such a game changer as Paige's caregiver and has relieved every stress that I had.”


  • Frederick Banting and Charles Best discover insulin in Canada


  • Sir Harold Percival Himsworth distinguishes type 1 from type 2 diabetes


  • The first non-insulin therapy for diabetes is introduced


  • The first portable blood glucose monitor becomes available


  • Insulin ‘pens’ first appear


  • Insulin pumps become available

  • Short-acting insulin is introduced

  • Continuous glucose monitoring devices become available


  • The first flash glucose monitoring system – FreeStyle Libre – is available in Canada


  • Flash glucose monitoring is added to Diabetes Canada’s Clinical Practice Guidelines*


  • The next generation of diabetes care – the FreeStyle Libre 2 system – receives its licence from Health Canada


Where do the donations go?

Abbott’s goal is to improve the lives of those living with diabetes and support research to find a cure. By sharing our video, you’re helping us do just that. We’re donating up to $10,000 with the hope for a cure in mind.

Learn more about the organization we’re supporting – with your help – below.


Diabetes Canada 

Diabetes Canada leads the fight against diabetes
in Canada by helping those affected by diabetes
live healthy lives, helping Canadians prevent the
onset and consequences of diabetes, and working
toward discovering a cure.

* Recommended for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes


  1. Diabetes Canada is rallying Canadians across the country in virtual national activity fundraiser—Lace Up to End Diabetes. (2021, June 1). Diabetes Canada Website. https://www.diabetes.ca/media-room/news/diabetes-canada-is-rallying-canadians-across-the-country-in-virtual-national-activity-fundraiser%E2%80%94lac.


The FreeStyle Libre 2 flash glucose monitoring system is indicated for measuring interstitial fluid glucose levels in people aged 4 years and older with diabetes mellitus. Always read and follow the label/insert.
The FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system is indicated for measuring interstitial fluid glucose levels in adults aged 18 years and older with diabetes mellitus. Always read and follow the label/insert.