Did you know that over 500,000 Australian are not aware of their diabetic condition? Yes, diabetes can strike you even though you don’t experience any visible symptoms and remains a huge problem in our community.
Diabetes is a medical condition where your body is unable to maintain healthy glucose levels, which can lead to both long-term and short-term medical complications and the worst part is that many Australians are silently diabetic and their symptoms are often very sudden.
This brings a huge responsibility for every one of us to educate ourselves and raise awareness of the importance of early detection and its prevention.
This July, we celebrate National Diabetes Week (12th – 18th), and we would like to encourage everyone to help our community to reduce the impact of diabetes on our medical system by visiting your doctors for tests and learning more about it.
Diabetes doesn’t see age
Diabetes can affect anyone, putting every one of us at some level of risk. According to Diabetes Australia, an estimated 2 million Australians are currently at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and are already showing symptoms irrespective of their age.
Diabetes can be the silent killer
Even though Diabetes is manageable, thanks to early detection, it still remains a leading cause of overall medical deaths in Australia. The death rate stands at 16.2 for every 100,000 Australian, with a higher prevalence in men than women.
Difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes is an auto-immune condition where your body reduces/stops insulin production. Regular insulin administration is almost a definite routine for people with Type 1 Diabetes apart from maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Type 2 Diabetes which also represents almost 85% of all the Diabetes cases is a more gradual condition. This occurs when your body starts losing the capacity to produce enough insulin that can be linked to either lifestyle choices, genetics and other physical issues.
Symptoms and signs
The symptoms for both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes are quite typical. Although it is difficult to see visible symbols in Type 2 Diabetes, a common list of symptoms can be realised.
- Urinating often and feeling thirsty
- Feeling tired and fatigued during the day
- Feeling dizzy, suffering from headaches
- Mood swings
- Blurry vision
- Cuts that heal slowly (Type 2)
- Weight loss (Type 1)
Who may be at higher risk
- People with a family history of Diabetes
- People at the age of 45 and above
- People who are overweight or obese
- People with High Blood Pressure
- Physical Inactivity
- People with abnormal cholesterol levels
GPs can help in the management and early detection
Your lifestyle choices go a long way to reduce the impact of diabetes on your health. Early detection and seeking help from doctors is the best way to keep yourself risk-free. Early detection means your doctors would be able to start their prediabetes management plans and diagnosis.
A diabetes educator is still the primary source of care for diabetic patients. They along with GPs play a central role in assessing your medical conditions. Usually, tests like blood tests or Oral Glucose Tolerance Test detect high glucose content in your blood. They can also help to plan a management plan to reduce the risks of being diagnosed with diabetes or at least delay it.
This July, we encourage anyone with symptoms of diabetes to visit our practice for a consultation.
If you’ve noticed changes in your general health, speak with our Diabetes Expert, Meredith Shaw for a proper assessment today. She specialises in diabetes management and has years of expertise in its management and prevention as well as educating patients.
You can book an appointment by giving us a call at (03) 9527 4355