National Diabetes Week is a whole week dedicated to increasing public awareness of the seriousness of type 2 diabetes and to draw attention to the increasing number of Australia’s developing the condition.
Diabetes Australia has developed a quirky campaign, using strong images illustrating the irrational fears that many people have, versus the real and hidden threats of diabetes – https://www.checkmyrisk.org.au/
Did you know:
Why do we focus on Diabetes?
Diabetes is predicted to becoming the number one burden of disease in Australia by 2017 (in just 3 years time). It is the epidemic of the 21st century with all types of diabetes – type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes showing scary increases in prevalence.
How many people are currently living with diabetes?
The best current estimate is that at least 1.7 million Australians have diabetes and this estimate includes all types of diabetes diagnosed as well as silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.
Almost 1.1 million Australians currently have diagnosed and are registered with the National Diabetes Services Scheme
More about Diabetes:
There are three kinds of diabetes:
Type 1 Diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system is activated to destroy the cells in the pancreas which produce insulin. It is not yet known what causes the auto-immune reaction. Type 1 diabetes is not linked to modifiable lifestyle factors and cannot be prevented.
Type 1 diabetes
Australia has one of the highest rates of type 1 diabetes in the world
Type 2 Diabetes:
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition in which our bodies come resistant to the normal effects of insulin and / or we gradually lose the capacity to produce enough insulin in the pancreas. It is not yet known what causes type 2 diabetes, however is has been proved that type 2 diabetes is associated with modifiable lifestyle risk factors.
Type 2 diabetes:
Type 2 diabetes is preventable and can be delayed in 58% of all cases
Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM):
Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is a form of diabetes that occurs in about 5% of pregnancies and disappears once the baby is born.
Gestational Diabetes Mellitus is:
What is pre-diabetes?
Impaired fasting glucose and impaired glucose tolerance are condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.
Are you at risk?
Early detection is key – Check your risk today https://www.checkmyrisk.org.au/
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