National Diabetes Week 2016

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. Read more about type 1 diabetes and exercise Read more about type 2 diabetes and exercise Diabetes Victoria 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 [...]