Could you be suffering from Diabetes Type 2?
Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes, and usually affects older adults. However, there are increasing numbers of younger people and even children who are developing Type 2 Diabetes.
Type 2 is increasing at the fastest rate and accounts for 85% of all diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational). It is also the fastest growing chronic condition globally.
The major problem is that it can remain undiagnosed whilst causing damage to our body.
- 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. That’s one person every five minutes
- Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes (1.2 million known and registered) as well as silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes (up to 500,000 estimated)
- More than 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year
- For every person diagnosed with diabetes there is usually a family member or carer who also ‘lives with diabetes’ every day in a support role. This means that an estimated 2.4 million Australians are affected by diabetes every day
- Total annual cost impact of diabetes in Australia estimated at $14.6 billion
Although Type 2 usually results from a combination of genetic and environmental factors, the risk is dramatically increased with lifestyle factors such as:
- high blood pressure,
- poor diet and exercise regimes,
- being overweight especially carrying extra weight around the waist
What causes Type 2 Diabetes?
In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas makes some insulin but it is not produced in the amount your body needs and it does not work effectively. Type 2 Diabetes can develop over a long period of time and during this time ‘insulin resistance’ starts to the point where the insulin does not manage blood glucose levels effectively.
How to manage Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes can be managed with a change to a healthier lifestyle. That means making better food choices and exercising regularly. However, medication may also be required so discuss this with your doctor who can develop the best strategies for avoiding or managing the disease.
Symptoms can include:-
- Feeling thirsty all the time
- Passing urine more frequently
- Gradually putting on weight
- Mood swings
- Blurred vision
- Leg cramps
If you are suffering some of these symptoms make an appointment with your doctor.
A simple blood test measuring the amount of glucose in your blood to start with can determine if you are suffering from Type 2 diabetes. Other tests can be undertaken if required by your doctor.
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