Diabetes is the epidemic of the 21st century and is a huge challenge for the Australian Health System. It is a serious and often silent disease.
Understanding Diabetes is important:
But there is GOOD NEWS – you can improve your outcomes with good management.
So what is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a group of conditions in which there is too much glucose in the blood. The pancreas either cannot make insulin or the insulin it does make is not enough and doesn’t work properly. Insulin is required to break down the glucose.
Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of Diabetes.
People with Type 2 Diabetes have a higher risk of developing heart disease, kidney failure, circulation problems, amputations and blindness.
Many Australians are at risk and symptoms often go unnoticed.
A lot of these symptoms are just seen as part of getting older, but they should not be ignored.
So what can you do to prevent Diabetes?
It’s really quite easy. Maintain a healthy lifestyle.
If you have Diabetes or feel you could be at risk, make sure you book for a regular check up with your doctor. We have a team here that can help. You can receive education from our Dietician, Exercise Physiologist, Podiatrist and Practice Nurse.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s your first step to continuing your life long journey with Diabetes Prevention or management. Have a fit and healthy life.
Chronic Disease Nurse