Diabetes is one of the biggest challenges confronting Australians health to date, in 2017 1.2 million Australians have diagnosed diabetes. It is estimated that around 500000 Australians have silent undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. Research shows that type 2 diabetes can be prevented in 58% of high risk cases. 60% of cases of type 2 diabetes early diagnosis can prevent the onset of serious complications such as blindness, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease or lower limb amputation. All types of diabetes are progressive and complex diseases which can have serious impacts on quality of life and life expectancy.
Many people with type 2 diabetes display little or no symptoms or put it down to ageing.
Symptoms to look out for may include:
If you have any of these symptoms or have family history of diabetes make an appointment with your GP. Research has indicated that obesity (having a BMI of 30 or greater) accounts for 80-85% risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Studies suggest that excess weight around your abdomen causes fat cells to release chemicals which can make the body less sensitive to insulin it produces by disrupting the function of insulin responsive cells and their ability to respond to insulin, this is known as insulin resistance which is an indication of type 2 diabetes. Researchers have conducted numerous studies which all indicated that participants able to reduce or eliminate the need for taking anti diabetic and anti hypertensive medications with a reduction in their weight.
If your BMI is greater than 30 please visit your GP to get tested for diabetes. Reducing your weight by at least 15kg can assist in diabetes remission.