Every 8 seconds someone in the world does from diabetes

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 World Diabetes Day on November 14th and we thought this was an ideal opportunity to discuss the signs of Type 2 diabetes 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 2 diabetes accounts for 85% of all diabetes and is increasing. It is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia.

Over 50% of type 2 diabetes is preventable!

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

 

Think you might be at risk?

TAKE THE TEST HERE: https://www.idf.org/type-2-diabetes-risk-assessment/

Diabetes is serious but much can be done to reduce the impact.

Majority of type 2 diabetes is preventable, and complications can be avoided with good

management and care.

If you have any concerns, please see your doctor.

 

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