As the fastest growing chronic disease in Australia, diabetes is a big deal. To put it into perspective, 280 Australians develop diabetes every day and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the country. Taking action is critical.“Up to 60% of cases of type 2 Diabetes can be prevented”
Each year on November 14 World Diabetes Day raises awareness for diabetes and engages millions of people worldwide. The theme for 2009-2013 is ‘Diabetes Education and Prevention’, so we have decided to get involved by writing this article to educate people about the factors, symptoms and what to do in a diabetic emergency.
A recent study has shown that cutting back on meat and dairy products and increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables in your diet can dramatically reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Healthy meals do not have to be boring, there are plenty of delicious options you can introduce into your diet–have a look at our featured recipe for some inspiration.
In Australia there is a total of nearly 1,000,000 people who have been diagnosed with Diabetes and an estimated 700,000 who have not yet been diagnosed. So what are the signs to look out for?
Symptoms of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes include:
If a diabetic is showing these signs and are still conscious you should give them:
If they are unconscious implement DRSABCD.
If you think your health and lifestyle is putting you at risk of developing diabetes, don’t put off making changes.
For more information about World Diabetes Day visit the Australian Diabetes Council website.