Diabetes Week 2017
Diabetes Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness about all types of diabetes and how this condition affects Australians. This year, Diabetes Victoria and Exercise & Spots Science Australia (ESSA) have both launched digital awareness campaigns to coincide with National Diabetes Week 2017 (9-15 July).
- Diabetes Victoria – Our Invisible Condition Directed to all people affected by, or at risk of, diabetes.
- ESSA – Don’t Sugar Coat Diabetes Aims to raise awareness of risk factors leading to the development of diabetes.
Diabetes Victoria – Our Invisible Condition
Diabetes is an invisible condition that doesn’t discriminate. People with diabetes can affect all ages, genders and ethnicities. You cannot see if somebody has diabetes with around 1.7 million Australians living with diabetes. This includes over 1.2 million people registered with the National Diabetes Services Scheme, as well as an estimated 500,000 with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.
Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) – Don’t Sugar Coat Diabetes
Don’t Sugar Coat Diabetes aims to educate the Australian public on how implementing exercise into their everyday life can reduce the risks of developing related chronic conditions, as well as make symptoms more manageable for those already diagnosed.
One of the most effective ways to prevent and treat diabetes is through regular exercise. In general terms, exercise improves the body’s ability to regulate blood glucose. It is important for people to consult their health professional to learn more about exercising safely with diabetes and to find the dose that is right for them.
Do You Know What Diabetes Is?
Diabetes is a group of conditions in which there is too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. Glucose is the body’s main source of fuel or energy. High blood glucose levels can affect many parts of the body but with the right advice, technology and medication diabetes can be managed well.
The different types of diabetes and how exercise can help
There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.
Diabetes Victoria’s 2017 campaign focuses on the message: “People with diabetes look like everybody else”. They have launched a great website – http://www.invisiblecondition.org.au to help showcase the great work and support Diabetes Victoria does in the community.
- What is diabetes?
- Why is diabetes invisible?
- Why is diabetes too important to ignore?
- Take action
- Prevent type 2 diabetes
Exercise & Sport Science Australia (ESSA)
The ESSA 2017 campaign focuses on the message: “Don’t Sugar Coat Diabetes”. They have added some fantastic information that can be viewed on the exercise right website – http://www.exerciseright.com.au or you can download a fact sheet below that shows how to exercise with diabetes.
Watch an informative video below on Exercise & Diabetes from an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Diabetes Educator – Drew Harrisberg.
Local Awareness in the Melbourne Community
Coinciding with this year’s National Diabetes Week (9–15 July 2017), we here at Moonee Valley Health and Fitness are aiming to help all of Melbourne learn more about the condition.
More than 300,000 Victorians are living with diabetes. Every day, more than 70 people in Victoria develop diabetes and, of those, the majority have type 2 diabetes – which is often linked to lifestyle issues such as a poor diet and a lack of regular exercise.
“We’re getting involved in this campaign to let everyone in Melbourne know that you don’t have to be old and you don’t have to be overweight to develop diabetes. It’s crucial to diagnose and manage diabetes well to avoid long-term health complications like heart disease, stroke, blindness and kidney failure.”
The good news is that the risk of developing those complications can be minimised if people with diabetes have the necessary tools and information to manage their condition.
We are here to help you!
For more information about exercise, diabetes type 1 or 2 and different populations, speak to our exercise physiologists at our Melbourne Clinic at Moonee Valley Health and Fitness.
Get in touch with us today and book an initial consultation with our Melbourne Exercise Physiologist’s. Exercise is one of the most effective ways to prevent and treat diabetes.
For more information:
Visit the Diabetes Victoria website: https://www.diabetesvic.org.au to learn more about diabetes and Diabetes Victoria’s programs and services.
Diabetes Helpline: ph. 1300-136-588