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More than 100, 000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year. That’s 280 people a day. And over 85% of these people have type 2 diabetes. If you know you have the condition, you can take steps, get medical advice and start taking control. Right?Yes, but what if you don’t know?

According to Diabetes Australia, over half a million Australians have type 2 diabetes and don’t even realise. This silent invader can be damaging your health without you even knowing it. 

Okay, stay with me. Before you decide this isn’t about YOU or your family, let’s bust a few myths.

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MYTH 1 – Diabetes is not serious

The truth is there is no such thing as mild diabetes. This condition can cause you to lose your vision. Your kidneys can stop working. You can develop problems with your heart and blood circulation.

Poor circulation is the cause of amputations and that’s happening, a lot. In fact, Diabetes Queensland reports that ‘around 70 Australians a week are having feet amputated as a result of preventable diabetes-related complications.’

Amputations are to be avoided at all costs, I’m sure you’ll agree. Losing your foot, or lower leg, means that you have to manage this disability as well as your diabetes.

MYTH 2 – Only overweight people get diabetes

The truth is there are many factors that affect whether or not you’ll get type 2 diabetes. Some overweight people do, and some don’t. And, what’s more, being a healthy weight is no insurance. You can still develop type 2 diabetes.
MYTH 3 – Type 2 diabetes is just a disease that old people get

In the past, most people were over 45 when they got their diagnosis.
But the numbers don’t lie… Today more and more children, adolescents and young adults are also developing this lifelong condition.

It’s Time to Take Action
• You can help bust these myths with your friends and family. After all, good health starts with good information.
• This winter, find ways to stay active. Walk with a friend, dance in your lounge room. The secret is to do things that you enjoy so that it’s easier to keep moving.
• Come and see us at CFP. Our nurse and doctors will give you a thorough risk assessment for type 2 diabetes. It’s totally bulk-billed so it’s free for you.
Call us now on 5472 0064 to book your appointment.

Wishing you the best of health,
The Cooroy Family Practice Team

References
Diabetes Australia
Diabetes Queensland

 

17.08.2017

Diabetes – Know Your Risk Level

and Protect Your Health

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Most of us don’t give our health much thought until something goes wrong…

But with type 2 diabetes, not knowing your risk level can mean that you are heading down a path with dangerous consequences. Just like Little Red Riding Hood skipping through the forest.  

Type 2 diabetes is often hard to track. It can start slowly and the signs may not easy to see. It’s possible to have the condition for up to 10 years without knowing it.

That’s why it’s very important to find out your risk level. Then you can take action and enjoy a full life. It’s worth it to avoid the devastating limitations and complications of type 2 diabetes.

So, let’s examine the risk factors here and now…

Genetic and Family Factors

You are more at risk if someone in your family has type 2 diabetes. Indigenous Australians are three times more likely to develop this condition than non-Indigenous Australians.

Asians too are at higher risk than people of European heritage. Currently over 60% of the world’s diabetes population is Asian.

While there is nothing you can change about your genetic makeup, you can take action to manage your daily activities. That brings us to the second group of risk factors…

Lifestyle Factors

You are more at risk if

  • You get less than 2 ½ hours of exercise a week
  • Your blood pressure is high
  • You eat lots of sugary and fatty foods
  • You are overweight, that is, your Body Mass Index is greater than 25. (Your doctor or nurse can measure this for you.)
  • Your waist measurement is more than 80cms for women or 94cms for men

Sure, maybe you have a bit of a muffin top. What’s the big deal?

Well, the fat around your abdomen leaks a chemical that stops the cells of your body using glucose correctly. Instead your blood gets overloaded with glucose. This means your cells don’t get the fuel they need to function properly.

Take Action for Your Health

If you have questions or concerns, now is the time to come and see us at CFP. Our nurse and doctors will give you a thorough risk assessment for type 2 diabetes. It’s totally bulk-billed so it’s free for you.

Call us now on 5472 0064 to book your appointment.

Wishing you the best of health,

The Cooroy Family Practice Team

References
Diabetes Australia
Diabetes Queensland