Type 2 diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia.
It comprises up to 90% of all diabetes cases in Australia and is linked to several risk factors, such as lifestyle, physical activity levels, genetics, age and diet.
Type 2 diabetes progresses over a period of years in which the body grows increasingly resistant to insulin. As the body grows resistant, the pancreas responds by producing more and more insulin and burns itself out, causing the slow death of the insulin-producing cells.
Early diagnosis is important for type 2 diabetes, because, if it remains undiagnosed, it can lead to complications such as blindness, kidney damage, heart attacks, or even limb amputation.
Over 2 million people are currently estimated to be at a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and over half a million Australians may already have silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.
In an effort to raise awareness about all types of diabetes and the importance of detection, Diabetes Australia has been organising the National Diabetes Week since 2012.
Established in 1984, Diabetes Australia is the national body for people affected by all types of diabetes and those who are at risk. Their goal is to help reduce the impact of diabetes in Australia, via information, education, and constant research.
Bearing the slogan “It’s About Time”, the ND Week of Australia for 2019 begins the 14th of July and lasts until the 20th of July, including a series of high-level informational conferences, fundraising events, and more.
Don’t forget; if you’re over 40 or have a family history of type 2 diabetes, regular visits to your GP are essential. To check your risk levels within the next 5 years, visit the following 'Risk Calculator' by Diabetes Australia and answer 11 short questions:
10% of all hospitalisations in Australia in the last year have been caused by diabetes or diabetes-related complications, and all types of diabetes will need some form of management to mitigate the risk of life-threatening complications later in life. Insulin medication and management can go a long way in improving the life quality of someone living with diabetes.
If you’re experiencing any of the following four warning signs be sure to set up an immediate consultation with your doctor.
- Frequent urination
- Excessive thirst; or
- Abrupt weight loss
It is also crucial to keep in mind that poor dietary habits and low physical activity levels can be an aggravating factor for diabetes. For further information and to book an appointment at Globe Medical please call Reception on (08) 8232 7372.