World Health Day – Conquering Diabetes
World Health Day Conquering Diabetes
On the 7th April, World Health Day’s global campaign will focus on raising awareness about diabetes.
With more people in Australia leading increasingly sedentary lives as well as our ageing population, more cases are being diagnosed. Factors such as gaining weight, hereditary obesity and family history may contribute to the onset of either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
Preventing diabetes is possible in many cases and can come down to eating in moderation and including exercise as part of a healthier lifestyle change. If you are a newly diagnosed case, the introduction and management of insulin injections requires a diligent approach and dialogue with your GP.
What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin regulates blood sugar, and the energy that propels us along in day to day life. If it cannot get into the cells to be burned as energy, sugar builds up to harmful levels in the blood.
Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are the most common. People with type 1 diabetes cannot make insulin and require injections each day. People with type 2 diabetes, comprising of 90% of cases, usually produce insulin.
Those with type 2 diabetes ay be overweight and live a predominantly sedentary lifestyle which increases the need for insulin.
High blood sugar may compromise all the major organ systems, that may lead to heart attacks, strokes, nerve damage, kidney failure, blindness, impotence and infections that can lead to amputations.
Statistics Relating to Diabetes (care of Diabetes Australia)
- 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. One person every five minutes
- More than 100,000 Australians developed diabetes last year
- The annual cost to manage diabetes is $14.6 billion
- Diabetes has caused 1.5 million deaths
- 80% of cases occur in low to middle income countries
- By 2030 the WHO projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death
For more information on diabetes, visit www.diabetesaustralia.com.au
or call 1300 136 588