Tricky and silent- Diabetes remains greatly undiagnosed as many people won’t even realise of their condition without a test to prove it. Diabetes affects over 1.7 million Australians and many more are silently diabetic without any visible symptoms.
Of the two kinds of Diabetes, Type 2 remains almost undetectable without medical intervention. And the only way to find out about your unhealthy glucose level is regular screenings and being aware of this silent killer.
This July, as we celebrate National Diabetes Week from 12th to 18th, we encourage you and your family to spread the message of “The Big Picture of Diabetes” and help raise awareness and how a simple visit to a doctor can help save your life.
All about Diabetes awareness
Knowledge can be empowering – to you and your family to take charge of your health. According to Diabetes Australia, over 500,000 Australians may be currently diabetic and the only way to know about it is to undergo a glucose level screening.
Early detection can prevent complications – some diabetic patients can live up to 7 years without knowing about it. Early detection could save a person from future consequences like heart attacks, damage to your vision or limb amputation.
Early detection can save money – Did you know that the Australian health industry can save up to $ 700 million if there was a comprehensive early detection program? Not only that, but even you can save a lot of money, time and effort if you undergo screenings regularly.
Diabetes doesn’t discriminate age and gender- Diabetes is seen impacting all age groups and can happen to anyone. Once called “Adult-Onset” Type 2 diabetes is now common even amongst children and teens. Every year there are thousands of Diabetes cases detected amongst the younger generation.
Know your risk factors
- You are 45 years of age or above
- And if you have a first-degree family member with Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes risk factors
- You are at risk if one or both of your parents or siblings are Diabetes
- If there’s a presence of autoantibodies of Diabetes Type 1 in your family
- Environmental factors
Type 2 Diabetes risk factors
- If you are overweight or obese, you are at a higher risk
- Lack of physical activities as glucose is not used as energy
- If any one or both of your parents or siblings are Diabetic
- High blood pressure is linked to a higher risk of Type 2 Diabetes
- Abnormal cholesterol content
Simple ways to prevent or delay diabetes
- Reduce the consumption of refined carbs, sugar, sugary beverages and other processed food with hidden sugar content.
- Indulge in physical activities on a regular basis that may include going to the gym, home workout, jogging, yoga or HIIT exercises.
- Drink plenty of water and sleep optimum hours
- Avoid or quit smoking
- Try focusing on your weight. It is important to maintain a healthy BMI.
- Consume fibre-rich food as it prevents spikes in insulin.
Visit your doctor for a screening today
Early detection is the key to keep yourself away from Diabetes and reduce further complications. A simple and regular glucose screening test can save your life.
Early detection also means early diagnosis where patients can seek medical assistance and begin their diagnosis proactively. This would give time to analyse their condition, consult experts and prepare a management plan with the help of doctors.
We have a dedicated team of medical staff and doctors who carry special interest in Diabetes management and prevention. We recommend undergoing screenings regularly and educate yourself about this condition.
There is no cure for diabetes so early detection through regular health checks may prevent you from becoming a diabetes statistic. You can contact us to make an appointment on (08) 8948 4333.