Did you know that as a result of poor diet and lack of exercise, around 2 million Australians are at risk of developing diabetes?

Diabetes is a serious condition that inhibits your ability to produce the insulin that your body needs to convert glucose into energy. This means you end up with unhealthy levels of glucose in your blood, which can lead to health complications including increased risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, limb amputation, depression and blindness.

It’s National Diabetes week- on July 14th-20th and we thought this was an ideal opportunity to discuss the signs so that you and your loved ones can know what watch out for when it comes to early intervention and effective management of diabetes.

 

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a serious complex condition which can affect the entire body. Diabetes requires daily self-care and if complications develop, diabetes can have a significant impact on quality of life and can reduce life expectancy. While there is currently no cure for diabetes, you can live an enjoyable life by learning about the condition and effectively managing it.

There are different types of diabetes; all types are complex and serious. The three main types of diabetes are type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes accounts for 10% of all diabetes and is increasing.

 

Signs that you could have Type 1 diabetes:

  • Being more thirsty than usual
  • Passing more urine
  • Feeling tired and lethargic
  • Always feeling hungry
  • Having cuts that heal slowly
  • Itching, skin infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Unexplained weight loss (type 1)
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Leg cramps

Type 2 diabetes accounts for 85% of all diabetes and is increasing. It is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia.

Many people with type 2 diabetes display no symptoms. As type 2 diabetes is commonly (but not always) diagnosed at a later age, sometimes signs are dismissed as a part of ‘getting older’. In some cases, by the time type 2 diabetes is diagnosed, the complications of diabetes may already be present.

 

Signs that you could have type 2 diabetes:

  • Being excessively thirsty
  • Passing more urine
  • Feeling tired and lethargic
  • Always feeling hungry
  • Having cuts that heal slowly
  • Itching, skin infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Gradually putting on weight
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Leg cramps

Check your risk – answer 10 short questions on the diabetes risk calculator.

https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/risk-calculator

If you have any concerns, please see your doctor.

 

Resources:
https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au