National Diabetes Week 2016
This year Diabetes Australia will be highlighting the tragedy of diabetes-related amputations. Every year, more than 4,400 amputations are carried out as a result of diabetes. We need to do more to reduce the impact of diabetes.
Did you know that diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia, increasing at a faster rate than diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Statistics show that 1.7 million Australians have diabetes and on average 280 Australians develop diabetes every day.
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.
So what is Diabetes?
Diabetes is the name given to 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
There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.
Diabetes Victoria’s 2016 campaign focuses on the message: “Diabetes won’t stop me”. They have launched a great website – http://www.diabeteswontstopme.org.au/ to help showcase the great work and support Diabetes Victoria does in the community.
- Diabetes Education
Did you know you can live a long and healthy life with diabetes?
- Kids Camps
Did you know that type 1 diabetes never goes away?
- Support Groups
Did you know that 280 Australians develop diabetes every day and around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes?
- Type 2 Prevention
Did you know that type 2 diabetes can be prevented and 2 million Australians have pre-diabetes and are at a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes?
- Gestational Diabetes
Did you know gestational diabetes is becoming more common and that 5-8% of pregnant women will develop gestational diabetes?
- Cultural Groups
Did you know that some people are at higher risk than others? Type 2 diabetes may be influenced by lifestyle factors but is often related to genetics.
Local Awareness in the Melbourne Community
Coinciding with this year’s National Diabetes Week (10–16 July), here at Moonee Valley Health and Fitness we’re aiming to help Melbourne to 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 website: diabeteswontstopme.org.au to learn more about diabetes and Diabetes Victoria’s programs and services.
Diabetes Helpline: ph. 1300-136-588