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Diabetes Week 16th July

Friday, June 30th, 2017

In Australia 280 people develop diabetes every day. That is one person every 5 minutes.

The complexity of diabetes as well as its capacity to severely impact quality of life are compelling reasons for more Australians to focus on prevention if they are at risk.

For people currently managing Diabetes or are newly diagnosed, a thorough understanding of your particular condition as well as a few modifications to your diet may go far in keeping symptoms in check.

Diabetes has no cure and daily self care is required. There are three main types of diabetes, Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational.

In the human body, glucose is our main source of energy. When our bodies cannot maintain healthy glucose levels, the on set of diabetes is likely.

Instead of converting to energy, glucose remains in the blood causing high blood glucose levels. After a meal, glucose is carried throughout the body. Your blood glucose level is called glycaemia.

Diabetes:

Is the leading cause of blindness in working age adults
Is a leading cause of kidney failure and dialysis
Increases the risk of heart attacks and stroke by up to four times
Is a major cause of limb amputations
Affects mental health as well as physical health. Depression, anxiety and distress occur in more than 30% of all people with diabetes

Although Diabetes is a manageable condition, potential complications are the same for type 1 and type 2 diabetes. These include heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, limb amputation, depression, anxiety and blindness.

For more information on diabetes call 1300 136 588. For information on Gestational diabetes or type 1 or type 2 diabetes please click on the link below or consult with your GP.

https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au