“If diabetes was a country, it would be the world’s third largest,” “Each year, more and more people live with this condition, which can result in life-changing complications,”
Diabetes Victoria CEO Craig Bennett.
Today 14th November is World Diabetes Day and as someone who knows personally the impact Type 1 diabetes has on a person – and their family- this is something I would like to raise awareness for today.
Did you know in Australia alone, around 1.7 MILLION people are living with diabetes and more than 300 DEVELOP diabetes every day.
Every day, more than 80 people in Victoria are diagnosed with diabetes and, of those, the vast majority have developed type 2 diabetes – which is often linked to issues such as a poor diet and a lack of regular physical activity. Just as concerning – one in every four Victorians over the age of 25 is directly impacted in some way by this condition.
So what is diabetes? According to Diabetes Victoria
Type 1- We still don’t yet know the exact cause but it occurs when the pancreas is unable to make the hormone insulin.
At this stage, there is no cure and it is controlled by daily insulin either by injections or pump and regular monitoring of Blood Sugar glucose levels.
Type 2 diabetes is a condition where the pancreas still makes insulin, but it may not make enough, or it doesn’t do its job properly.
Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 can be prevented.
Up to 60% of type 2 diabetes can be prevented. People at risk of type 2 diabetes can delay and even prevent this condition by following a healthy lifestyle. This includes:
Maintaining a healthy weight
Doing regular physical activity
Making healthy food choices
Managing blood pressure
Managing cholesterol levels
The choice is ours to combat the risks for Type 2 diabetes I ask you on this today, especially today, to stay healthy make the choices that reduce the risk and live with Joy each and every single day.