Are you diabetic or could you be pre diabetic – World Diabetes Day 2017
Women are the gatekeepers of household nutrition and lifestyle habits. They have the potential to drive prevention in their household and beyond. – International Diabetes Federation
Diabetes is the fastest growing health issue in Australia today.
1.2 million Australians have been diagnosed.
500,000 are estimated to be undiagnosed type 2 diabetics.
And every 5 minutes another Australian develops type 2 diabetes.
But the truly alarming fact is the number of people who are estimated to be pre–diabetic.
Diabetes Australia believes the pre-diabetic figure to be around 2,000,000 people with some medical institutions around the country reporting levels as high as 30-40% of the local population. These people are at high risk of developing diabetes type 2 if they do not take action.
What Causes Diabetes
When food is digested and enters your bloodstream, insulin moves glucose out of the blood and into cells, where it is broken down to produce energy.
However, if you have diabetes, your body cannot break down glucose into energy. This is because there is either not enough insulin to move the glucose, or the insulin produced does not work properly. Glucose builds up in the blood resulting in high blood glucose levels.
There are 3 main types of diabetes
Diabetes type 1
Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease where the body’s immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. People with type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin and require lifelong insulin replacement for survival.
The disease can occur at any age, although it mostly occurs in childre Continue reading